Preventing Violence Together Strategy


‘Preventing Violence Together – A Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region’ was launched in April 2016, and is a region-wide strategy for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children (PVAW&C).

This Strategy is the result of a consultative process with 31 organisations in the Southern Metropolitan Region, who are formal signatories, including Community and Women’s Health Services, Local Government Areas, Primary Care Partnerships, and key health organisations.   

The role and purpose of the Strategy is to explain the causes of violence against women and make a case for collective action in the region. It will be brought to life by a Steering Committee, comprised of senior representatives of many of the involved organisations, and Community of Practice, comprised of practitioners in the region with a remit for the PVAW&C . The Strategy has been designed to align with the Our Watch ‘Change the Story’ framework to ensure our Regional Strategy reflects a coordinated and integrated approach with the National Framework to prevent violence against women and their children.

Together we will coordinate combined and consistent activity across the SMR in preventing violence against women and their children. This will promote mutually reinforcing messaging and practice, as well as ensure reach across systems and sectors, rather than being limited to single communities, organisations or contexts.

By working together, organisations in the SMR will benefit from increased coordination and collaboration, capacity building, and be able to co-ordinate advocacy efforts that harness the collective influence and expertise of all.

As part of the Strategy, a guidance document has been developed by WHISE to address gender equity in the workplace. A Guidance Document to Gender Equity in the Workplace [PDF: 2MB]

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Preventing Violence Together – A Strategy for the Southern Metropolitan Region is supported by the Victorian Government.



Supporting partners

  • City of Casey
  • Department of Justice and Regulation, South East Metro Region
  • Indigenous Family Violence Regional Coordinator, Bayside Peninsula Southern Melbourne Area
  • Inner South Community Health Service
  • Women with Disabilities
  • Victoria Police
  • Mission Australia
  • Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre
  • Anglicare Victoria
  • Monash Health

Action to Prevent Violence Against Women

Action to Prevent Violence Against Women is an online resource developed by Victorian women's health services, including WHISE, to support key organisations to understand and get involved in regional partnerships, regional action planning and other prevention of violence against women activities; and to support practitioners in the field to connect with each other, access resources and deliver best practice initiatives. Learn more