Violence against women : primary prevention
Clearinghouse Connector – April 2015
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Over the past decade a growing body of work has developed exploring strategies to support the primary prevention of violence against women. Evidence tells us that where countries are more equitable there tends to be lower rates of such violence.
Primary prevention means working across society as a whole to change the structures and social norms that enable violence against women to occur. These include :
- belief in and adherence to rigid gender stereotypes
- broader unequal powers structures between men and women, and
- violence supportive attitudes
In Victoria, promising work towards achieving these goals has already been piloted in schools and workplaces, though it remains a significant challenge to mitigate the impact of the way women are represented in media.. This Connector features a selection of key primary prevention resources – spanning health promotion, promising practice, policy and strategy documents, and related websites.
Health promotion approaches
Health and the primary prevention of violence against women : a position paper Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN), 2014
Coordinated public health initiatives and partnerships to address violence against women and adolescents Journal of Women’s Health, 2014
From work with men and boys to changing social norms and reducing inequities in gender relations : a paradigm shift in prevention of violence against wome and girls The Lancet Series on Violence Against Women and Girls, 2014
Preventing violence against women : community of practice reflections : promoting respectful relationships and gender equality [Managing difficult conversations] Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), 2014
Less to lose and more to gain? : Men and Boys Violence Prevention Research Project final report University of Western Sydney, 2014
Evaluation capacity building in the Respect, Responsibility and Equality program : report on Stage 1 (2008–2010) Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), 2013
The Respect, Responsibility and Equality Program : a summary report on five projects that build new knowledge to prevent violence against women Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), 2012
Everyone’s business : a guide to developing workplace programs for the primary prevention of violence against women Women’s Health Victoria, 2012
What works to prevent partner violence : an evidence overview London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. STRIVE Research Consortium, 2011
Prevention of violence against women in the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne Women’s Helath East, 2011
Victorian policy and strategy
Victoria’s action plan to address violence against women and girls 2012-2015 Victoria. Department of Health, 2012
Preventing violence before it occurs : a framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealthl, 2007
Australian policy and strategy
Second action plan 2013-2016 : moving ahead : of the National plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2012-2022 Australia. Department of Social Services, 2014
National plan to reduce violence against women and their children 2010-2022 Australia. Department of Social Services, 2010
Time for action : the National Council’s plan for Australia to reduce violence against women and their children, 2009-2021 Australia. National Council to Reduce Vioence Agaisnt Women and Their Children, 2009
International policy and strategy
(How) Can we reduce violence against women by 50% over the next 30 years? PLOS Medicine, 2014
Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence atainst women : taking action and generating evidence London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2010
Violence prevention : the evidence : promoting gender equality to prevent violence against women World Health Organization. 2009
Australian Institute of Family Studies Sexual Violence Research
White Ribbon Australia Policy and Research Series
Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Gender equity section
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