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Preventing violence against women

On average, a woman is killed by a partner or former partner every week in Australia.1

To support women impacted by relationship and family violence in Geraldton, Desert Blue Connect provides counselling, support, advocacy and crisis accommodation for women impacted by violence. In addition to providing support to women who are affected by violence, Desert Blue Connect work with local organisations and community members to deliver specialised resources, information and programs which focus on the primary prevention of violence. 

Unfortunately, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are disproportionately impacted by violence, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples reporting to experience violence at over three times the rate of non-Indigenous women.2  

Acknowledging that the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is an urgent priority, Our Watch developed “Changing the picture: A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children”. This resource is a solutions-focused framework that highlights how everybody can work together to change the underlying factors which contribute to violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

To learn more about Desert Blue Connect and Our Watch’s violence prevention initiatives sign up to the “How culture promotes safety and violence prevention” webinar on October 29.

References:

  1. Bryant, W. & Bricknell, S. Homicide in Australia 2012–13 to 2013–14: National Homicide Monitoring Program report. (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017).
  2. Our Watch. Changing the picture. A national resource to support the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children. (2018).