Prevention of Violence Against Women/Gender Equity


The Eastern Metropolitan Region demonstrates strong leadership in the prevention of violence against women (PVAW). Regional action is guided by the Together for Equality and Respect (TFER) Strategy and Partnership. The Inner East PCP is as a key partner in this, providing leadership, support and resourcing.

Inner East PCP involvement in TFER includes development of a comprehensive planning and evaluation resource, development of a gender equity audit tool, extensive evaluation support and representation on the leadership, strategy and evaluation working groups.

Why is preventing violence against women a priority?

Violence against women is a serious and widespread problem in Australia. It is any act of gender based violence that causes or could cause physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of harm or coercion, in public or private life. Violence against women takes a profound and long term toll on women’s health and wellbeing, on families and communities, and on society as a whole. In Victoria, violence against women is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in women aged 15-44.

Violence against women is preventable. Our goal is to stop violence against women before it starts. To do this, we need to understand the drivers of gendered violence and what we can do to prevent it. Actions that prevent violence against women:

  • Challenge the condoning of violence against women: we do not accept that violence against women is normal or inevitable and we will challenge any social norms, structures or practices that condone or excuse it.
  • Promote women’s independence and decision-making: we ensure that women have access to the same resources, power and opportunities as men.
  • Challenge gender stereotypes and roles: we support children, young people and adults to develop positive personal identities free from restrictive gender stereotypes; and we promote gender-equitable roles in parenting, work and other areas.
  • Strengthen positive, equal and respectful relationships: we challenge disrespectful behaviour towards women, and assumptions that men should have power and control in relationships; and we work with children and young people to promote respect and gender equality.
  • Promote and normalise gender equality in public and private life: we support women’s social, economic, cultural and political participation, as well as equality in relationships.



Title Date Type Author Files
IEPCP Together for Equality & Respect Report 2013-2017

A report on the Inner East PCP activity under the TFER Strategy 2013-2017.

24/09/2018 Report Together for Equality & Respect Evaluation Working Group
Together for Equality and Respect Evaluation Summary

At-a-glance document summarizing the regional evaluation of the TFER Action Plan 2013-2017

17/05/2018 Report TFER Evaluation Working Group
Counting on Change: A guide to prevention monitoring

An ANROWS and Our Watch guide for policy-makers, researchers, and advocates on measuring population-level progress towards the prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.

20/04/2018 Report ANROWS and Our Watch
(En)countering resistance: Strategies to respond to resistance to gender equality initiatives

If you are working to promote gender equality and tackle inequality you can expect to meet resistance. It may occur in any setting, come from individuals or collectively, and from men or women.

So how can you prepare for it and what are effective responses?

This VicHealth publication describes the forms that resistance can take and provides some practical examples from local gender equality initiatives. There are also links to other useful resources from Australia and around the world.

20/04/2018 Report VicHealth
EMSIC Report: Preventing and Responding to Violence and Promoting Social Inclusion and Community Connection

Prepared for members of the Eastern Metropolitan Social Issues Council (EMSIC) this report by Deakin University’s provides recommendations on regional approaches to address violence in vulnerable communities and promote social inclusion and community connectedness.

18/10/2017 Document Deakin University and SEED
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.

20/06/2017 Report Our Watch
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.

11/05/2017 Report Victorian Government
Safe and Strong: Victorian Gender Equality Strategy 2016

Preventing violence against women through gender equality.

06/01/2017 Report Victorian Government
Together for Equality and Respect

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

14/10/2016 Website Women's Health East
The Well Family Violence Portal

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.

14/10/2016 Website The Well
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.

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