Prevention of Violence Against Women

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16 Days of Activism at the City of Monash

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November - 10 December 2017) is a global campaign to raise awareness about violence against women and its impact on a woman's 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?

On Saturday 25 November the Civic Centre and Euneva car park (Glen Waverley) will go orange for one day as part of the State Government’s Take Action and Go Orange day; for the third 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.

Poetry Corners Clayton - In partnership with Monash University and Some Kind of Squirrel Productions, Council invited community members to participate in a poetry writing workshop that explored women's lived experienced. The poems developed from the workshop will be printed onto decals and placed on the street corners of Clayton from Saturday 25 November - Sunday 10 December. Community members can download an app to follow the route to lead them to all 18 locations. More details to come!

#Ge4Us (Gender Equality for Us) - #Ge4Us is a social marketing campaign designed to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism. In partnership with Women's Health East and other Eastern Metropolitan Councils, Monash Council is participating in this campaign to explore what gender equality (GE) looks like for us in action, in our day to day lives, and encourages the Monash community to think about what this looks like in their workplace, their family, their school, and their lives.

#GE4Us has engaged Gender Equality Ambassadors to share their story of what GE looks like in their workplaces, families and lives. Stay tuned to Council's social media accounts for our Monash ambassador. 

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: 24 November 2017