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Community-led prevention projects

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Primary prevention is key
    • 3 Implement targeted primary prevention activities designed by, and tailored for, the specific communities they are intended to support.
  • Respect, listen and respond to the diverse lived experience and knowledge of women and their children affected by violence
    • 10 Implement community-led and tailored initiatives to address the unique experiences and needs of communities affected by multiple forms of discrimination or inequality.

What are we doing?

Community-led prevention projects will empower people to:

  • challenge violence supportive attitudes and behaviours
  • promote gender equality
  • form respectful, equal relationships.

Projects will be focused on the needs of diverse communities, including:

  • children and young people
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • women with disability
  • women living in rural and remote communities
  • culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • people with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

A number of projects will be designed to address the structural and gendered factors that drive and reinforce violence against women, and will also focus on promoting and encouraging men as role models in the community and in their families.

  • The Commonwealth Government will provide $8.6 million between 2019–20 and 2021–22 to fund community-led prevention projects.

What have we achieved so far?

  • Open grant selection process commenced in August 2019.

What is next?

  • Activities will commence in the first quarter of 2020.

What difference will we make?

  • The intended outcomes of these projects are that community attitudes towards violence against women improve; and more people stand up against violence, and the behaviours and attitudes that support violence.
  • Potential indicators for understanding the impact of these projects include:
    • increased understanding of violence against women
    • decreased proportion of people who deny gender inequality is a problem
    • decreased proportion of people who condone aggression and disrespect towards women.

In the activity design phase, indicators will be developed to align with Counting on Change – a guide to prevention monitoring.

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