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?
- On average, an Australian man murders his current or former partner at a rate of one woman per week & one man per month.1
- Men's use of violence in domestic and family settings is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children.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 violence.3
- 1 in 4 women has been sexually assaulted at work.4
- $323 BILLION estimated cost of violence against women to Australian economy by 2044-45.5
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.
WHISE is the backbone organisation for the regional strategy for the prevention of violence against women - Promoting Respect & Equity Together – A Strategy to End Gendered Violence in the Southern Metropolitan Region 2021-2025.
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:
- Work together collectively to increase the application of an intersectional lens across all health planning,
- Broaden the diversity of organisations that engage with our primary prevention work, and
- Continue to reinforce and expand our expertise through collective learning and action.
3 VicHealth (2021) Gender Equality: Retrieved from https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/our-work/gender-equality