Gender-based violence against women causes very serious and long-term impacts on women and their children. It affects all aspects of physical and mental health and wellbeing. At EDVOS, we know that this violence can be prevented, and we are investing in working towards ending it.
CAUSES OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Violence against women is the leading cause of death, disability and injury in women aged between 18-44 years of age, in Australia. One woman is killed every week.
This Framework identifies that gender inequality drives violence against women. The four specific drivers include:
- 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 relations that emphasise aggression
Primary Prevention of violence against women was introduced to EDVOS in 2016. This provides EDVOS with the unique opportunity to work across the continuum of family violence, from primary prevention, to early intervention, and response.
A Primary Prevention strategy is being developed for the organisation, and we are keen to work in partnership with other organisations and stakeholders in the region – please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your organisation is interested in working closely with us.
Thriving in the Valley Project: EDVOS, together with Department of Education and Training, Eastern Health, Inspiro and Yarra Ranges Council are working with the community in Upper Yarra to improve gender equality. This project commences March 2017.
EDVOS and Inspiro have launched a new student voice resource co-designed by young people. It aims to support young people to reflect on what gender equality and respect means to them, engage with their peers on gender issues and take action to create change in their community. Click here to see the resources.
Information, Statistics, Framework Documents:
- Australian’s Attitudes to Violence Against Women: 2013 NCAS
- National Primary Prevention Framework: Change the Story
- Royal Commission Findings: Prevention
- Victorian Gender Equality Strategy: Safe and Strong
Project Planning and Evaluation:
If you (or someone you know) is experiencing or at risk of family violence:
If you are in immediate danger call 000
Contact EDVOS on 03 9259 4200 between 9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm Saturday
Tell someone you can trust – family, friends, neighbours or your doctor