Prevention of Family Violence

Family violence has a profound impact on health and wellbeing – with far-reaching impacts. The South Coast Prevention Team work with partners across the sub-region to ensure our community is respectful and free from family violence. Primary prevention requires a whole-of-community approach to drive social and cultural change to address the norms, practices and systems that condone or enable violence.

Research indicates that factors associated with gender inequality are the most consistent predictors of violence against women (Our Watch 2015).

The gendered drivers of violence against women are:
• condoning of violence against women
• men's control of decision-making and limits to women's independence
• rigid gender roles and identities
• male peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women.

Change the story is an evidence-based framework to guide a coordinated and effective national approach to preventing violence against women. To learn more, view the video below.