The prevention of violence against women is an area of practice that works to change the attitudes, behaviours and environments to stop violence before it occurs. In a world-first, ANROWS collaborated with Our Watch (as Lead Agency) and VicHealth to produce a national, evidence-based "road map" to prevent violence against women and their children. The National Framework to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children brings together the international research, and nationwide experience, on what works to prevent violence. Violence cannot be prevented "project by project" – coordination and collaboration is fundamental to our success. The Framework establishes a shared understanding of the evidence and principles of effective prevention, and present a way forward for a coordinated national approach.
Prevention of violence against women and their children requires a sustained effort across all levels of society where everyone has a part to play. The National Framework provides the guidance and support to make this happen. It:
- Outlines the latest evidence on what causes violence against women and their children
- Shows what works to prevent it, in different sectors and from the individual to societal level
- Looks at how different forms of disadvantage and discrimination can interact, and how prevention activity should take this into account
- Articulates the elements of a coordinated approach to prevention across jurisdictions and sectors.
This project provides nationally consistent evidence and approaches to prevent violence against women.
Our Watch, ANROWS and VicHealth