Supporting research and resources

Below is a selection of key research and resources regarding the prevention of violence against women and gender equality that have been collated to assist you in developing evidence based planning and programs.

Change the Story (Our Watch)

‘Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia' recognises local government as the tier of government closest to community, and the crucial role that councils and other community based actors can play in achieving gender equality and preventing violence against women.

Resources supporting the framework can be accessed below:

Commonwealth Government policy framework

Gender equity fact sheets

There are several areas where local government can advance gender equity for women. The fact sheets below detail some of these areas. These fact sheets were developed by a number of councils, women’s health services, VicHealth and the MAV in 2012.

Gender Equity Fact Sheets are available for download:

Information sheets

A series of preventing violence against women information sheets have been developed by MAV to assist councils with their work in this area, particularly those just starting out, and support councils to embed the prevention of violence against women and gender equality into council programs.

This information can be used to:

  • Build your knowledge about violence against women and its prevention
  • Obtain commitment from your council to champion the prevention of violence against women
  • Help you engage on this issue with key community partners, the media, or council staff
  • Give you pointers for where to go for more resources
  • Help you to plan for the long term, so that councils keep gender equality and the prevention of violence against women on the agenda

All information sheets (PDF - 4.5MB) are available for download, or you can download individual sheets:

  1. Getting Started (PDF - 247KB)
  2. Concepts and Definitions (PDF - 215KB)
  3. Frequently Asked Questions (PDF - 209KB)
  4. Building the Case for Action (PDF - 290KB)
  5. Communication and Raising Awareness (PDF - 255KB)
  6. Embedding PVAW into Council Business (PDF - 274KB)
  7. Leadership (PDF - 238KB)
  8. The Role of Men (PDF - 249KB)
  9. Opportunities for Staff Induction (PDF - 250KB)
  10. Building Long-Term Commitment (PDF - 252KB)
  11. Gender and Emergency Management (PDF - 382KB)
  12. The Role of Animal Management (PDF - 282KB)
  13. The Role of Libraries (PDF - 286KB)

National Community Attitudes Survey Towards Violence Against Women (ANROWS)

The National Community Attitudes Survey (NCAS) towards Violence against Women and Gender Equality has been conducted four times, between 1995 and 2017. The survey aims to measure community attitude and understanding of violence against women and what influences their perspective and if it has changed over time. It also addresses gender equality and willingness to intervene when confronted by violence or its drivers.

Reports have also been published specifically on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’, people born in non-main English speaking countries and young people’s attitudes towards violence against women.

Regional prevention strategies and plans

Most councils are working with their regional women’s health services in the development and delivery of regional strategies and action plans to prevent violence against women.

In addition to the nine regional women’s health services, there are also three statewide services: Women’s Health Victoria, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and Women with Disabilities Victoria.

Women’s health services are key partners in supporting local government to build a community that is just, inclusive, and fair. More information on women’s health services can be found at Action to Prevent Violence Against Women.

Regional prevention plans and initiatives links can be found here:

Barwon South West RegionGreat South Coast Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women and Children 2013-2017 (PDF - 3.14MB)
Eastern Metro RegionTogether for Equality & Respect Strategy: Preventing Violence Against Women in Melbourne’s East 2017-2021 (PDF - 5.17MB)
G21 RegionPreventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children: Strategic Plan 2016-2020
Gippsland RegionGippsland Prevention of Violence Against Women
Grampians RegionCoRE: Communities of Respect and Equality 2016-2020
Hume RegionPrevention of Violence Against Women
Loddon Mallee RegionThe Loddon Mallee Action Plan for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women 2016-2019 (PDF - 675KB)
Northern Metropolitan RegionBuilding a Respectful Community Strategy 2017-2021 (PDF - 2.48MB)
Southern Metro RegionPreventing Violence Together Strategy
Western Metro RegionPreventing Violence Together: Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (revised 2013) (PDF - 1.07MB)

Victorian Government resources

Below you will find key strategic documents and resources related to the work being led by the Victorian Government in preventing family violence and all forms of violence against women, and promoting gender equality.

Victorian policy framework

Free from Violence: First Action Plan 2018-2021 (PDF - 4.82MB) 2018
The Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program: Findings and Evaluation (PDF - 2.28MB) 2018
The Local Government Listen, Learn and Lead Gender Equity Program Guide (PDF - 1.26MB) 2017
Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women (PDF - 6.47MB) 2017
Building from Strength: 10 Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response (PDF - 8.45MB) 2017
Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change (PDF - 8.97MB) 2016
Safe and Strong: A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy (PDF - 1.88MB) 2016
Royal Commission into Family Violence Report and Recommendations 2015
Indigenous Family Violence Primary Prevention Framework (PDF - 1.28MB) 2012

Victorian Government Guidance on Family Violence and Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Planning

In May 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services released a guidance document (PDF - 82.6KB) for local government on family violence and municipal public health and wellbeing planning. This guidance supports the implementation of Recommendation 94 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence report and provides examples of practical measures councils can take to reduce family violence and respond to the needs of victims in preparing their municipal public health and wellbeing plans for the 2017-2021 planning cycle.

Additional resources

Best Practice Guide for gender equity in local government (PDF - 1.26 MB) 2018
Research Companion for gender equity in local government (PDF - 2.46 MB) 2018
Flexible Work Report 2018 2018

Key organisations