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Preventing Violence against Women Resources
This page contains WHIN's preventing violence against women resources and links to some external sites. For information on WHIN's work in this area go to the Preventing Violence against Women page.
On this Page:
- Take Action: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
- Building a Respectful Community - Preventing Violence against Women - A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011-2016
- Building A Respectful Community: Preventing Violence against Women in the North (Infographic)
- Violence Against Women Fact Sheets
- WHIN's Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence
- For Love or Money DVD and Resource Notes
- Love Control DVD and Resource Notes
- Spreading the Message of Safety and Respect
- PVAW Organisational Assessment Tool
- Evaluation Framework Report
- Achievements and Committments Report - May 2013
- Regional Preventing Violence Against Women Mapping Report
- Program Logic
- Family Violence Policy
- Family Violence Help Cards
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (16 Days Campaign) is a global campaign dedicated to ending gender-based violence and raising awareness about the impact of violence against women. The 16 Days Campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute (WGLI) coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. In 2016, the global theme is: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!
The dates from International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) to International Human Rights Day (December 10) were chosen to emphasise that violence against women is a violation of human rights.
More information about the campaign can be found in WHIN's 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign Tool Kit or on the 16 Days Campaign website.
The Campaign encourages women and men to take the lead in their communities and networks by speaking out about gender violence, challenging the attitudes that allow violence to continue in our society, and calling on governments to respond to and prevent violence against women.
WHIN has created a 16 Days Campaign Tool Kit to assist individuals and organisations to participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign in Melbourne's northern region. You can download it here.
Victoria Against Violence is the Victorian Government's contribution to the 16 Days Campaign. Information and resources about the Victoria Against Violence campaign are available at www.vic.gov.au/victoriaagainstviolence. This community-based, government supported education and awareness initiative is focused on family and gender violence.
Building a Respectful Community – Preventing Violence against Women – A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011-2016
Building a Respectful Community provides a regional framework for the primary prevention of violence against women. It promotes a systematic regional approach to effect change and to build a respectful community where women are not subject to violence.
The document provides a context and evidence base for this work as well as an action plan which outlines a range of activities that can be undertaken by organisations in the northern region, individually or in partnership.
To download Building a Respectful Community click here.
Building A Respectful Community: Preventing Violence against Women in the North is WHIN’s regional infographic clip. It has been created as a resource for individuals and organisations working in the northern region of Melbourne to use and share.
Whilst it is impossible to convey the complexity of this issue in 3 minutes, this clip is a tool to start the conversation. It introduces the issue of violence against women, the regional strategy Building A Respectful Community and outlines the actions we all need to take to prevent violence against women.
WHIN has produced a series of fact sheets that provide an overview of the most recent police data (2015-2016) relating to violence against women, including family violence and sexual assault. The fact sheets provide data on the number of weekly and annually reported incidents of family violence and sexual assault, and gender breakdown of victims and perpetrators. They also include comparable statistics for each of the seven local government areas in the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne.
Download the Violence Against Women Fact Sheets 2015-16:
WHIN welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence on 29th May, 2015. The submission highlighted challenges and opportunities in the areas of integration and coordination of the family violence service system, prevention and gender equity, and a regional approach.
It was the result of consultation with WHIN's partners and was endorsed by a number of organisations in the northern metropolitan region.
WHIN hopes that the combined effort of so many individuals and organisations putting forward submissions provided the Commission with positive suggestions and solutions to eradicating family violence, keeping women and children safe and holding perpetrators accountable.
For Love or Money is a film that sets out to not only name and unpack 'financial abuse' as a form of violence against women but aims to open up dialogue about healthy financial relationships. The film supports the prevention of violence against women and promotes women's financial security.
The For Love or Money – an educational resource about financial abuse provides information and activities about relationships, money and financial abuse to support the For Love or Money DVD.
They are both useful tools in creating a safe environment in which to identify and discuss financial abuse against women and is an important prevention of violence against women resource for workers, women and the broader community.
Both the DVD and accompanying resource aim to recognise and name financial abuse as a form of family violence. The For Love or Money resource assists services and workers to create a supportive environment for women to seek help and support, strengthen community action and understanding of financial abuse as a form of violence against women. The resource supports the prevention of violence against women and promotes women's financial security and capability.
Love Control is an educative short film about how to recognize abusive behaviour.
In 2010 Resource Notes were created to accompany the Love Control DVD. The new Resource Notes look at:
- How to use the DVD in a variety of settings (such as in individual support, schools, community groups, mixed gender groups and staff capacity building);
- How to respond to questions created by the DVD;
- How to use the DVD tool to its maximum prevention potential; and
- Enhancing accessibility to prevention messages through using the Plain English version of the notes.
These varied settings reflect the many sites within which young women are learning and interacting. It also highlights the many opportunities for preventative work available. Violence prevention is an active, collective and developmental process. The key messages of the DVD, and its goal as a prevention tool, are to honour women’s voices, create a safe debate, and develop young people’s critical thinking by informing them, seeding ideas and creating a secure emotional space with them. The Resource Notes aim to support these goals by being developmental and centered on learning sites and processes.
The film can be viewed below.
To download the Love Control Resource Notes click here.
As a Women’s Health In the North (WHIN) copyrighted resource we are happy for you to screen LOVE CONTROL as a community education tool and for the purposes of research, planning or review as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968. However, no part of it or the resource notes, may be reproduced, copied, and/or transmitted in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical or graphic) without the prior written permission of Women’s Health In the North.
WHIN received a Community Safety Grant from the Department of Justice in 2013 to undertake the Spreading the Message of Safety and Respect project. This project resulted in the development of resources intended for use with new parents. The resources include two posters, a postcard and a banner. Links to download the posters and postcard are below. WHIN also has a banner that features the images available for loan.
WHIN has developed a Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women Organisational Assessment Tool. This resource takes a whole-of-organisation approach to preventing violence against women and outlines the key considerations for embedding this work. Whilst community programs are essential, it is also crucial that, as organisations, we 'walk the talk' and look at our policy, practice and organisational culture. The PVAW Organisational Assessment Tool is intended to be used in a cross-organisational team environment, as a starting point for discussion that might translate into an action plan.
A revised edition of the Preventing and Addressing Violence against Women Organisational Assessment Tool is available here. WHIN is available to facilitate a workshop to guide teams through the Assessment Tool.
These reports are the culmination of a year-long evaluation of the northern region's collaborative approach to preventing violence against women. The evaluation was conducted in 2013 by Dr Deborah Western from Monash University's Gender Leadership and Social Sustainability Research Unit, and included a workplace survey with more than 600 responses, focus groups and interviews. The focus of the evaluation was the regional approach to preventing violence against women, as guided by Building a Respectful Community – Preventing Violence against Women – A Strategy for the Northern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne 2011-2016, the approaches used to implement this, and the benefits, challenges and opportunities of this strategy. The evaluation approach, methodologies and background are detailed in the Evaluation Framework and the data analysis and findings are contained in the Evaluation Report.
The Achievements and Commitments Report was produced in 2013 to give meaning to the commitment of the 50 organisations who signed and endorsed the vition and goals of Building a Respectful Community. It documents the achievements and commitments of the northern metropolitan region's councils, primary care partnerships and community health services. It outlines regional achievements and highlights special projects. Read in conjunction with the Mapping Report (below) which captures a picture of the breadth and depth of work in the northern metropolitan region to prevent violence against women.
To download the Achievements and Commitments Report click here.
WHIN has collated information on projects, programs and practice to prevent violence against women occurring across the northern metropolitan region of Melbourne. This mapping exercise is intended to increase opportunities for collaboration by providing information on what is happening in the region; and to develop baseline data that will inform future evaluation of work in the region.
There are currently two parts to the Mapping Report:
- Review of policy and practice in local government that contributes to the prevention of violence against women in the northern metropolitan region (last updated September 2012).
- List of specific projects or programs to prevent violence against women occurring in the northern metropolitan region (last updated July 2013).
To download the Preventing Violence against Women Mapping Report click here.
WHIN has developed a program logic to guide its work to prevent violence against women. This program logic may also be useful as a template that other organisations in the northern metropolitan region could adapt.
To download the Program Logic click here.
WHIN has joined hundreds of organisations around Australia which have recognised the need to support employees who are experiencing family violence through workplace policy and access to 20 days Family Violence Leave. WHIN's Board of Management and CEO have approved the new WHIN Family Violence Workplace Policy, which includes leave entitlements and workplace safety planning procedures. The Family Violence Leave is expected to be officially included in the organisation's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.
To view a copy of WHIN's Family Violence Policy click here.
For extensive information and resources on family violence entitlements, visit the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse's website Safe at Home, Safe at Work.
The Norther Region Family Violence Help Cards contain referral information on services available in each of the northern region's local government areas. There are women's and men's cards and they're available in a number of languages. Aboriginal women's and men's cards are also available. For information on how to order the Family Violence Help Cards visit the NIFVS website.