Act To Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women

A Guide For Community Action

The Community Champions for Primary Prevention Action in the West project aims to enhance community-led violence prevention action and commitment across Melbourne’s west. The Community Champions project is a 12 month program funded by the Victorian State Government.

This resource is for community members or groups who are planning to undertake actions to prevent men’s violence against women.

This resource details practical things you can do every day to prevent men’s violence against women. It also includes important information to consider before you take action, as well as links to further resources, which can be found below.

The gender equity illustration from the resource is available for printing and distribution. Please find the PDF file here: Gender Equity to Achieve Gender Equality

Actions you can take

Read up about the prevalence and impact of men’s violence against women through Our Watch: http://bit.ly/ourwatch-facts

Familiarise yourself with the signs of family violence by looking through the various resources developed by Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria: http://bit.ly/dvrcv-poster (pdf)

Learn more about different forms of men’s violence against women, including tech facilitated violence: www.esafety.gov.au/women

Learn more about primary prevention and the settings that prevention projects can take place:
> In schools: http://bit.ly/ourwatch-respectfulrelationships
> In the workplace: http://bit.ly/ourwatch-workplace
> In sporting communities: www.changeourgame.vic.gov.au

Learn more about the common misunderstandings around violence against women as detailed on The Line website: http://bit.ly/theline-mythbuster

Improve your ability to respond to tricky questions through checking out this resource developed by Women’s Health West: http://bit.ly/whw-curlyquestions (pdf)

Watch this short video created by Our Watch to learn more about the causes of violence against women: http://bit.ly/ourwatch-changethestory

Learn about Australia’s attitudes towards gender equality by watching this two minute clip developed by VicHealth: http://bit.ly/vichealth-genderequality

Listen to key Australian figures talk about gender inequality as a cause of violence against women through this four minute video ‘It’s time to act on Our Watch’: http://bit.ly/ourwatch-timetoact

Read up! Our Watch detail things that we can all do to help prevent violence against women at work, in school, as a parent or bystander: http://bit.ly/ourwatch-preventviolence

Take a look at the Our Watch A-Z poster for everyday ways that we can challenge gender stereotypes and promote respect towards women: http://bit.ly/ourwatch-a-z

Speak to your local council, women’s or community health service, and find out how you can participate in the many events that take place each year to support and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. This includes things like International Women’s Day, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender based Violence, and more.

Contact specialist services to find out about training opportunities in prevention of violence against women:
> Women’s Health West www.whwest.org.au
> VicHealth www.vichealth.vic.gov.au
> Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria http://bit.ly/dvrcv-courses
> Our Watch www.ourwatch.org.au

Visit the Action to Prevent Violence Against Women website to discover more ways you can take action: http://bit.ly/actionpvaw-10ways

Learn more about gender equality as described by the Australian Human Rights Commission: http://bit.ly/gender-equality2018

Visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website and watch a short video about women’s experiences of gender inequality: http://bit.ly/humanrights-gender-equality

Watch Gippsland Women’s Health’s three minute clip on gender inequality in Australia: http://bit.ly/video-genderinequality

Identify how you can promote gender equality in your everyday life. For example, sharing caring responsibilities and chores equally in your household, supporting women’s leadership in your workplace, encouraging children in your life to enjoy a variety of toys, books and hobbies regardless of their gender, and listening to and respecting women’s ideas and opinions

Watch this short video developed by 1800RESPECT to learn more about how to effectively respond to disclosures: http://bit.ly/support-a-friend

Read through the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria’s Help and Advice section: http://bit.ly/dvrcv-help-advice

Look through the 16 Days Activist Challenge website to learn about useful techniques in responding to disclosures: http://bit.ly/16days-respond

Ensure you are familiar with the support and referral services in your local area: http://bit.ly/dvrcv-victorian-services

Have a look at Women’s Health West’s website to learn more about the family violence services they offer to women and children in the western region of Melbourne: www.whwest.org.au

Read up about WestCASA to find out how they support victim/survivors of sexual violence: www.westcasa.org.au

Learn more about the national support service 1800RESPECT: www.1800respect.org.au

Visit The Line’s ‘Get Help’ section on their website to learn about the services available for men or others who are concerned about their own violent or controlling behaviour: www.theline.org.au/get-help

Read up about how to support your own health and wellbeing while you take action: http://bit.ly/16days-selfcare