Prevention of Violence Against Women

In Australia, violence in intimate relationships contributes more to the disease burden for women aged 18-44yrs than any other risk factor like smoking, alcohol use or being overweight or obese.

The Preventing Violence Against Women Alliance brings together key health services in the G21 region with a primary prevention focus on violence against women.

For further details about this initiative, please contact the G21 Health and Wellbeing team.

Strategic Priority: Prevention of Violence Against Women

This project fosters a culture of change in attitudes, behaviours, social norms and practices that promote gender equity and the prevention of violence against women.

Key Documents

The action plan aligns with a number of state and regional plans including:


Barwon Health, Colac Area Health, Bellarine Community Health, Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West and the G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar.

Project News

The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre are excited to announce new training modules will soon be available, with dates to be confirmed shortly. While our face-to-face delivery of training is currently on hold due to COVID-19, we are transitioning to delivering our training online, including training tailored to workplace and organisational needs.

The Victorian Government has taken a critical step toward gender equality with the appointment of the state’s first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner.

Right now, the stability and security of “home” is more important than ever for Victorians. But unfortunately, home is not a safe place for everyone – particularly those who may be at risk of experiencing family violence.

Communicating about masculinity and ending violence against women can be complex and daunting for many people. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) has created the Framing Masculinity messaging guide to address this.

The City of greater Geelong have created a new resource for residents seeking support and information about family violence, in partnership with G21 Geelong Region Alliance and Diversitat.

Project Events

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 (All day) to Thursday, 26 November 2020 (All day)

Join us via live-stream or in Sydney for the Overcoming Indigenous Family Violence Forum (25 – 26 November), a community driven program built in partnership with the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Forum, as we tackle the underlying causes of family violence in Indigenous communities.

Related Resources

Clear, accessible and effective communication is vital in the prevention of violence against women (PVAW). It is a cornerstone of the widespread cultural and systemic change needed for PVAW, and has the potential to influence beliefs, attitudes and norms.

These tip sheets have been designed to convey the complexity of what drives violence against women in an easy-to-understand resource. They are a great accompaniment for primary prevention practitioners to use in any setting.