News and Events

Launching today: new strategy to prevent violence against women

The Preventing Violence Together partnership is today launching its new strategy, Preventing Violence Together 2030: Western Region Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women.

Preventing Violence Together is a regional partnership made up of 19 organisations who work together to prevent violence against women across Melbourne’s west.

The strategy is being launched at the Substation in Newport by the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC. The event will also feature a keynote address from the Honourable Marsha Thomson, MP for Footscray.

The strategy will guide the work of the Preventing Violence Together partnership, by outlining actions and a shared vision: ‘women and girls across Melbourne’s west live free from violence and discrimination and have equal status, rights, opportunities, representation and respect’.

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.

Dr Robyn Gregory, CEO of Women’s Health West, the Preventing Violence Together lead partner, said:

‘The new Preventing Violence Together 2030 strategy marks an increased commitment to undertake the long-term work required to prevent and eliminate men’s violence against women.

Violence against women is a gendered problem, with the majority of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and family violence in Australia perpetrated by men against women. It is a problem rooted in gender-based power inequalities between women and men.

We know violence against women is preventable. By working as part of this long established partnership across the west, we can take action to end men’s violence against women.’

The strategy is a coordinated, action-based approach to preventing violence against women across Melbourne’s west.

Download the complete strategy here (PDF), and download the accompanying background paper here (PDF).

Pressing play on our Reconciliation Action Plan

We were absolutely delighted to launch our Reconciliation Action Plan on the 1st February, 2017.

We now have a little video to share that outlines our commitment to reconciliation more broadly, talks about why we developed the action plan, and a little about what it includes. Enjoy, and let us know what you think!

The full RAP in PDF form is available to download here.

Lead On Again video

Earlier this year we produced a video promoting the Lead On Again program; our leadership program for culturally diverse young women who live, work or study in the west. The program runs for five days every January and is delivered in partnership with Western Young People’s Independent Network (WYPIN).

The video follows the women as they excitedly embark on the program and it culminates in their confident performances at Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Women of the World festival, held in March 2017.

We were moved during the performances and we’re moved now, watching this video. Thanks to the women for sharing and thanks also to Big Review TV for their vision and expertise.

For more information about Lead On Again please contact Kirsten at kirsten@whwest.org.au or call 9689 9588.



There’s no better time to donate to Women’s Health West

The end of the financial year is upon us!

There is surely no better time than the present to make a donation to Women’s Health West, and support the work we do to ensure women in the west live safe and health lives.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible, and the funds we receive are vital for supporting the positive impact our work has in the community.

In the financial year 2015-16, we:

  • Supported 4,965 women who were experiencing family violence through one off telephone and face-to-face support.
  • Provided 57 women and 74 children with crisis accommodation and support to recover from family violence
  • Provided a crisis response to 146 women, and intensive case management to 37 women.

Donations we receive also support the programs we undertake to improve the health and wellbeing of women in our community.

This includes our Sunrise social groups for isolated women who are living with disabilities, Lead On Again, our leadership development program for local young women, the respectful relationships education we deliver in schools, and financial literacy courses for culturally and linguistically diverse women.

Year on year, demand for our services grows. We received 10,545 family violence police referrals in 2015-16, a 29% increase on the year before.

Show your support. Make a donation today and support Women’s Health West to achieve equity and justice for women in the west.



Funding to Deliver family violence group work: Applications open

Women’s Health West, on behalf of the Western Integrated Family Violence Partnership, are currently inviting group work funding applications from local community groups and services providers.

The funding is for the delivery of family violence support and recovery groups to women and/or children in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.

The objectives of the group work model

Are to:

  • Support the recovery of women and children who have experienced family violence
  • Foster collaborative partnerships between agencies in the western metro region
  • Increase access to group work for diverse groups of women and children including culturally and linguistically diverse women and children, Aboriginal women and children, and women and children with a disability
  • Promote innovative and creative approaches to the provision of group work
  • Promote a flexible response to new and emerging needs for group work support and recovery
The funding would be for one year only, with minimum application of $5000 for the delivery of one group and a maximum of $10,000 for the delivery of two groups per organisation.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, please read the guidelines – and forward your completed application to Women’s Health West at groupwork@whwest.org.au.

For more information

Contact Tess La Fontaine, Manager – Counselling and Case Management, on 9689 9588.
Closing date: 5pm, 21 July 2017.
Agencies advised of outcome: 18 August 2017