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Council innovation in preventing violence against women

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Ten council projects are being showcased today as examples of local government leading the way in the prevention of violence against women.

The MAV is hosting the showcase event to share some of the latest innovative practice and learning opportunities in local government to prevent violence against women and embed gender equality.

The 10 council projects being featured at the event were funded by the Victorian Government and supported by the MAV, through the Local Government Prevention of Violence Against Women grants program.

  • Ballarat – Strengthening the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community by Preventing Violence Against Women and Children (also known as the Happy Healthy Homes Project)
  • Darebin – Creating Gender Equity in the Early Years
  • Frankston – Baby Makes 3 Ante-Natal Pilot
  • Horsham – Wimmera Act@Work to Prevent Violence Against Women
  • Latrobe – Local Government Gender Analysis Toolkit
  • Macedon Ranges – Rural Challenge
  • Maroondah – Our Codes, Our Clubs: Changing the Story to Promote Gender Equality Together
  • Nillumbik – Gender Equity Employment Analysis Tool
  • Port Phillip – Family Violence and Gender Equity eLearning Module
  • Whittlesea – Gender Equitable Design of Community Facilities: developing a design guide.

MAV President Cr Mary Lalios said local government plays a key role in working towards gender equality and preventing violence against women in Victoria.

“Through their close relationships with their communities, Victorian councils are leading the way in promoting gender equality and preventing violence against women.

“This diverse range of projects shows that with support, councils can drive the social change needed to achieve a society free of violence against women.”

Acting Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Jill Hennessy, said: “Local government is on the front line of stopping family violence before it starts in our community – that’s why we’ve invested in these grants.

“Each of these projects will help to promote gender equality and respect in our communities.”

The resources developed through each of the 10 projects are being shared with all councils across the state, through a new publication ‘Victorian councils leading the way’ on the MAV website.

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Contact: Cr Mary Lalios on 0447 189 409 or MAV Communications on 9667 5547.