Prevention of Violence Against Women

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)

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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 A Healthy and Resilient Monash Integrated Plan 2017-2021

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)

16 Days of Activism in the City of Monash

For further information, please call Laura, Gender Equity Coordinator, on  9518 3269 or email

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Last updated: 04 May 2020