Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence
Take a Stand Partnership Program helps prevent violence against women before it occurs by working with businesses to change attitudes and behaviours that support violence against women.
Developed by Women’s Health Victoria, the Program is informed by research that links sexist attitudes to violence against women.
A fee-for-service partner package is available that includes information and resources to enable workplaces to implement the Program. Enquires are welcome.
Core elements – lead, train and promote
The organisation shows leadership through executive commitment and workplace policy to prevent domestic violence.
Using flexible delivery, staff gain the skills and confidence to speak up when they hear or see attitudes or behaviours that support violence against women.
Managers and human resources staff receive additional training in how to support employees affected by domestic violence, including referral to specialist services.
- Promotional materials and information about the program are provided to staff to help raise awareness of domestic violence.
Origin of Take a Stand
Take A Stand is firmly founded on evidence and experience gained from the Working Together Against Violence project conducted by Women’s Health Victoria in partnership with Linfox. The project was funded by VicHealth and ran from 2007 to 2012. It aimed to strengthen the organisational capacity of a male-dominated workplace to promote gender equality and non-violent norms. Linfox provided a multi-site workplace to pioneer the program.
Evaluation of the project demonstrated what works in embedding and sustaining in a workplace the primary prevention of violence against women. These findings were incorporated into the development of Take a Stand.
Awards won by Take a Stand
Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award 2009 – Certificate of Merit
VicHealth Health Promotion Award 2010 – ‘Organisational Development’ category
Victorian Community Sector Awards 2010 – ‘New approaches to partnerships with philanthropy and business’ category, Runner Up
Content Reviewed: 04 January 2016
Last Updated: 04 January 2016