Prevention of Violence Against Women

16 Days of Activism at the City of Monash

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November - 10 December 2016) - a global campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence of violence against women and the impact on their physical, psychological, social wellbeing and economic security.

It is not a single event in any one location but many local, regional, national and international initiatives aimed at uniting us all to end violence against women.

During the 16 days, people from around the world used the campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence and devastating impact of violence against women, to celebrate victories gained, challenge the structures that enable and support violence against women to occur at such an alarming rate, and demand that violence against women be recognised as an abuse of human rights.

What are some of the activities organised by Monash City Council?

Gender Story time across all library branches from Friday 25 November - Wednesday 30 November. Librarians read picture books that challenge gender stereotypes and/or promote gender equality and respectful relationships during children’s story times at each of the library branches.

On Friday 25 November the Civic Centre and Euneva car park (Glen Waverley) turned orange for one day as part of the State Government’s Take Action and Go Orange day; for the second Victoria Against Violence 16 Days of Activism campaign. Orange is the colour designated by the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign. The colour represents a future free from violence against women and girls.

For more information, call Tracey Egan, Gender Equity Officer, on 9518 3269.

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What is violence against women?

Violence against women can include

  • Psychological Abuse
  • Economic Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse

Intimate Partner Violence is the leading contributor to preventable contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15-44. Over one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

  • If in need of urgent police assistance please phone 000
  • Safe Steps (Family Violence Service) -  1800 015 188 (24 hours)
  • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence - 1800 755 988 (Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm)

Council is dedicated to the prevention of violence against women.

While violence against women is serious, prevalent and driven by gender inequality, it is preventable.

Monash Council aims to prevent violence against women before it occurs by addressing the underlying causes:

  • condoning of violence against women
  • men's control of decision making and limits to women's independence
  • stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • disrespect towards women and male peer relationships that emphasize aggression.

Council has implemented innovative preventing violence against women programs and has identified preventing violence against women as  a key strategic health and wellbeing priority of Monash Council's Health & Wellbeing Partnership Plan 2013-2017.

In 2015, Monash Council endorsed a Gender Equity Strategy, to further Council’s commitment to promoting gender equity and preventing violence against women.

Monash Council was  the lead partner in the Generating Equality and Respect program, an innovative three year prevention of violence against women program.  The program was implemented from 2012-2015 and was a partnership between Council, Link Health and Community and VicHealth.

The program aimed to prevent violence against women before it occurs by building communities, cultures and organisations that are gender equitable and promote equal and respectful relationships between men and women through addressing the underlying drivers of violence against women.  For further information, please visit:  Generating Equality and Respect Program.

Men from Monash Council and Link Health and Community hold annual activities to raise awareness of violence against women and the critical role that all men can play in preventing violence and promoting gender equality.

Additional Information:

Understanding Violence Against Women (PDF, 1MB)

Inner East Prevention of Violence Against Women - Project Report (PDF, 2MB)

For further information, please call Jane Torney, Gender Equity Officer, on  9518 3269 or email JaneT@monash.vic.gov.au.

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Last updated: 06 January 2017