How we prevent violence against women

What is violence against women/ gender based-violence?

Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that causes or could cause physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of harm or coercion, in public or in private life.

UN Declaration

The prevention of violence against women (PVAW) is about stopping violence before it starts. The evidence is very clear that violence against women, including coercive control is driven by gender inequality and exacerbated by other forms of discrimination and systemtic power inequity.

Violence against women is one of the most widespread violations of human rights in the State of Victoria. The good news is that if we all work together, violence against women is absolutely preventable.

 

What is the impact and cost of violence against women?

  • In Australia, on average, one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner.1
  • It is the biggest contributor to ill health and premature death in women aged 15-44 2
  • Violence against women has wide-ranging and persistent effects on women’s physical and mental health. The greatest of these is mental illness, with anxiety and depression making up 58% of the disease burden resulting from violence3

 

A Region free from violence

WHISE works to prevent violence against women using evidence based primary prevention techniques and strategies. At its very core our work is about promoting and normalising gender equality in public and private life.

Womens Health in the South East (WHISE) is the backbone organisation for the regional strategy for the prevention of violence against women. Preventing Violence Together - A Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region 2016-2021’.

Based on an intersectional feminist foundation, our team works across our diverse communities in the 10 local government areas of our region, leading the regional strategy, in order to:

  • Build the capacity and capability of individuals and organisations on gender equity and the prevention of violence against women
  • Work with a wide range of people in community settings to build understanding, awareness and skills on why and how to take positive action to prevent violence against women
  • Work with organisations who represent marginalised populations groups, to strengthen our intersectional approach.
  • Share the knowledge-base to influence and shape policy.

Preventing Violence Together Regional Strategy

WHISE is the backbone organisation for the regional strategy for the prevention of violence against women.

'Preventing Violence Together - A Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region' is a region-wide strategy for the Prevention of Violence Against Women.

References:

1 Bryant, W. & Bricknall, S. (2017). Homicide in Australia 2012-2014: National Homicide Monitoring Program report. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. Retrieved from https://aic.gov.au/publications/sr/sr002
2 VicHealth (2021) Gender Equality: Retrieved from https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/our-work/gender-equality
3 VicHealth (2021) Gender Equality: Retrieved from https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/our-work/gender-equality