Led by Women’s Health West, Preventing Violence Together is the regional partnership and strategy that guides the primary prevention of men’s violence against women in the west.
Melbourne’s west has a significant history in its commitment to the primary prevention of violence against women.
In 2010, Preventing Violence Together was launched as the first regional primary prevention partnership and action plan of its kind in Victoria, with many other regions adopting a similar partnership approach to prevention in the following years.
In 2017, the partnership launched its second strategy, Preventing Violence Together 2030.
The Preventing Violence Together partnership has recognised that cross-sector partnerships and long-term funding are integral to establishing primary prevention efforts that are effective and comprehensive. The partnership agreement can be downloaded here.
The partnership is composed of 26 partner organisations including:
- Brimbank City Council
- Djerriwarrh Health Services
- HealthWest Primary Care Partnership
- Hobsons Bay City Council
- Inner North West Primary Care Partnership
- IPC Health
- Maribyrnong City Council
- Melbourne City Council
- Melton City Council
- Moonee Valley City Council
- Victoria University
- Western Bulldogs Community Foundation
- Women’s Health West
- Wyndham City Council
- City West Water
- Department of Education (Brimbank Melton)
- Department of Education (South Western Melbourne)
- Department of Health and Human Services (West Division)
- Department of Justice (West Metropolitan Regional Office)
- Victoria Police
- Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault (WestCASA)
- Western Integrated Family Violence Committee (WIFVC)
- West Metro Elder Abuse Prevention Network (Merri Health)
Preventing Violence Together 2030 strategy
The Preventing Violence Together: 2030 regional strategy sets out a strategic, coordinated, action-based approach to prevention of violence against women across the west, tailored to the particular needs and characteristics of Melbourne’s west.
The strategy was developed following consultation with partners, service providers and communities of interest, to ensure it is relevant and tailored to the unique needs and context of Melbourne’s western region.
The strategy is a coordinated, action-based approach to preventing violence against women across Melbourne’s west. It is accompanied by a background paper, which can be downloaded here.
Shared Measurement and Evaluation Framework
Preventing Violence Together, with the leadership of Women’s Health West, has recently endorsed a Shared Measurement and Evaluation Framework for the partnership to evaluate its impact and monitor its progress in relation to preventing men’s violence against women in the western region. This framework was launched to the public in June 2019 and added to the resource hub for online access.
The framework was piloted in 2018 during the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. Women’s Health West and three other partners used standardised questions adapted from the National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) to evaluate their activities, which included an online campaign, a community forum, a theatre performance and a community walk event. We had a high response rate (219 surveys) and most participants reported that the activity increased their knowledge on how to challenge sexism and discrimination and the effects of gender inequality. For more information, see the PVT 16 Days Evaluation Report.
Preventing Violence Together 2030 Dashboard
The online dashboard outlines key indicators of change that lead to reducing the prevalence of violence against women, and advancing gender equity.
The dashboard gives a headline view of current attitudes and behaviours, and the ability to compare these at a local government, regional or state level. The dashboard can be accessed here.
Prevention of violence against women resource hub
We have also collated a bank of resources for the primary prevention of violence against women.
The resource hub categorises resources into logical, meaningful and useful categories that are easy to navigate to support the Preventing Violence Together Implementation Committee to implement prevention of violence against women initiatives.