West secures funds to prevent violence against women

Women’s Health West is one of eight successful recipients of a Department of Justice grant to prevent violence against women.

Women’s Health West will receive $600,000 over three years to implement United: Working Together to Prevent Violence Against Women in the West – a collaborative plan to embed sustainable, evidence-based strategies for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children within partner agencies and communities.

‘We welcome the announcement. It is a testament to the commitment of agencies involved in Preventing Violence Together: the Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and to WHW’s leadership,’ said CEO Dr Robyn Gregory.

‘The funds will greatly expand our reach and capacity to do the kind of sustained, well-resourced, work that is required to eliminate violence against women, and we commend the government for funding this vital work.’

Violence against women is unacceptably prevalent in our community, and it is preventable. In Victoria violence against women is the leading cause of ill health and premature death in women aged 15 – 44.

Victoria Police crime statistics show that women in the western region of Melbourne are particularly at risk of violence from their intimate partners, with a rate that is higher than the state average.

‘Violence against women is caused by ongoing social inequalities between women and men. The only way to prevent it is to improve gender equity and achieve cultural change. For this type of work to be effective it must be long term, sustained, planned and funded – and that’s what funding this project enables us to do’ explained health promotion worker Erin Richardson.

‘The government committed to women’s safety with the release of Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women and Children earlier this month and this project is in line with that plan.

‘Our ultimate vision is for all communities, cultures and organisations in the western region to be non-violent, non-discriminatory, gender equitable and promote respectful relationships.’

The United model is a fully collaborative and integrated approach to preventing violence before it occurs, and is built on a strong foundation of well-established partnerships across the western metropolitan region.

Partners involved in the United project are: City of Melbourne, Brimbank City Council, Doutta Galla Community Health Service, HealthWest Partnership, Hobsons Bay City Council, Inner North West Primary Care Partnership, ISIS Primary Care, Djerriwarrh Community Health Service, Maribyrnong City Council, Melton Shire Council, Moonee Valley City Council, Western Integrated Family Violence Committee, Western Region Health Centre, Wyndham City Council.


Photo Opportunity

Representatives from the 15 partner organisations will gather at Women’s Health West, 317-319 Barkly Street, Footscray on Monday 22 October at 2pm.

MEDIA: For more information contact Nicola Harte, Communications Manager on 9689 9588 or email nicolah@whwest.org.au