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WA Violence Prevention Initiatives

In Australia, one in six women and one in sixteen men have experienced at least one incident of violence by a partner.1 In 2018, there were 37 homicides related to family and domestic violence in Western Australia (WA).2

To highlight the incidence of family and domestic violence in WA, the key drivers behind its prevalence and some primary prevention programs currently delivered in WA, Injury Matters recently hosted the webinar “How Culture Promotes Safety and Violence Prevention”.

During the webinar, Daphne White and Monica Pucetti from Desert Blue Connect reinforced that family and domestic violence is a deeply entrenched issue in Australia and discussed four key gendered drivers of violence against women, including:

  1. Attitudes that condone violence against women
  2. Men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence
  3. Rigid gender roles: Stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  4. Disrespect towards women and male peer relations that emphasise aggression.

Daphne and Monica then spoke about the Community Respect and Equality (CRE) project. CRE is based on the ‘Change the Story’ framework for primary prevention of violence against women and children in Australia and provides a local framework that facilitates collective action for the primary prevention of family violence in Geraldton.

Following the presentation from Dessert Blue Connect, Brooke O’Donnell from Our Watch shared the key components of the ‘Changing the Picture’ resource and communicated what its role is in supporting the prevention of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.

The knowledge imparted by these leading violence prevention professionals during the webinar, reinforces that all Western Australian’s have a role to play in reducing the incidence of family and domestic violence in WA. In achieving this goal a whole of community response is required that tackles gender inequality, racism, social norms, attitudes and structural inequalities that support violent behaviours.

For more information about evidence-informed violence prevention programs, view the “How Culture Promotes Safety and Violence Prevention” webinar and download the Know Injury violence prevention resources

References:

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Personal Safety Survey 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Recorded Crime – Victims, Australia, 2017. (2018).