Prevention of Violence Against Women/Gender Equality


The Eastern Metropolitan Region has exceptionally strong leadership in Prevention of Violence against Women. Action is guided by the Together for Equality and Respect (TFER) Strategy developed by Women’s Health East and supported by organisations across the EMR. The Inner East Primary Care Partnership is a key supporting partner in this work, providing ongoing input, support, dissemination, representation and resourcing.

TFER is the main piece of collaborative work in the region. It guides work towards gender equality and decreased adherence to rigid gender stereotypes, and provides partner organisations with the opportunity to work together to prioritise, coordinate and integrate primary prevention efforts. The Inner East PCP are longstanding partners, providing extensive evaluation and leadership support for the initiative.

Inner East PCP involvement includes;

  • developing a comprehensive planning and evaluation resource on Family Violence for The Well online resource,
  • a gender equity audit tool for organisational assessment,
  • representation on the leadership group
  • a core member undertaking the evaluation of the TFER regional strategy.

Why is PVAW and gender equity a priority?

Violence against women is acknowledged as one of the greatest issues affecting women, families, communities and society. It includes psychological, emotional, physical, economic, and sexual abuse. Among Victorian women aged 15-44, violence against women is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health. Recent data across the Eastern Metropolitan Region has consistently demonstrated that violence against women is unacceptably high.

Effective responses to end violence against women need to address the underlying determinants of why violence occurs in the first place. The major determinant of violence against women is gender inequality. Gender inequality informs the social context in which violence against women occurs. This is characterised by the unequal distribution of value, power, resources and opportunity between men and women. This inequality is maintained through environment structures that reinforce inequality, for example, social norms which set up behavioural expectations, or social and political power differences.


Title Info Files
Our Watch: Putting the prevention of violence against women into practice

A practice manual to help practitioners change the norms, practices and structures that produce gender inequality and underpin the drivers of violence against women.

Date: 20/06/2017

Type: Report

Free From Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women

Free from violence forms an integral element of the Government’s broader family violence system reform. This Strategy is a key part of the 10-year plan, Ending family violence: Victoria’s plan for change.

Date: 11/05/2017

Type: Report

EMSIC Report: Preventing and responding to violence and promoting social inclusion and community connection
By: Deakin University, Seed and Victorian State Government

This report has been prepared for members of the Eastern Metropolitan Social Issues Council (EMSIC) to summarise the work conducted by Deakin University and provide recommendations for consideration in relation to regional approaches to address violence in vulnerable communities and promote social inclusion and community connectedness.

Date: 04/04/2017

Type: Document

Safe and Strong: Victorian Gender Equality Strategy 2016
By: Victorian State Government

Preventing violence against women through gender equality.

Date: 06/01/2017

Type: Report

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s plan for change
By: Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services

The Victorian Government’s 10 year plan sets out their vision of a future where all Victorians are safe, thriving and live free from family violence.

Date: 12/12/2016

Type: Website

Together for Equality and Respect
By: Women's Health East

Resources developed for TFER are available from Women’s Health East

Date: 14/10/2016

Type: Website

The Well Family Violence Portal
By: The Well

Understand the theory and context behind family violence, learn about the intervention evidence base, add your own project to The Well, and access regional data to support your planning.

Date: 14/10/2016

Type: Website

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.