Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW)

Our Watch states that Violence against women is preventable, and that there is consensus in the international and national research that violence against women must be understood in the social context of gender inequality. The broad social context of gender inequality produces specific gendered drivers of violence against women. These include:

  • Condoning of violence against women
  • Men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence in public life and relationships
  • Rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • Male peer relationships or ‘male bonding’ that emphasises aggression and disrespect towards women

Read the full Our Watch article here.

Watch a short video on the link between gender inequality and gendered violence by Our Watch here.


PVAW in the Bayside Peninsula

Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is the regional women’s health promotion, advocacy and support service for the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.  WHISE forms part of a network of 12 coordinated women’s health services that cover Victoria and are the leading primary prevention agency for the health and wellbeing of women in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.  Their team of health promotion professionals work to promote gender equality, prevent gendered violence and improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

-WHISE Promoting Respect and Equity Together 2021-2025 (PRET)strategy and PRET Action Plan

-WHISE Good Health Down South 2021-2025 – Sexual and Reproductive Health strategy

Contact WHISE directly via [email protected] or (03) 9794 8677


PVAW Resources

-Safe+Equal  Safe & Equal’s prevention work is informed by the evidence-based resource Change the Story.

-GenVic  Gender Equity Victoria (GEN VIC) is the Victorian peak body for gender equity, women’s health and the prevention of violence against women.

-Our Watch Gendered Violence

-Women’s Health Victoria  The prevention work at Women’s Health Victoria is based on the latest evidence and is aligned with Australia’s national framework for primary prevention of violence against women.

-Talking About Change provides those working to promote gender equality with practical tips on how to navigate resistance in their work. 

-UN Women  Providing a global focus on PVAW


PVAW in Education

-Love Bites program

-Our Watch Respectful Relationships Education toolkit

-Our Watch Change the Story at your University



The Drum interview with Chanel Contos, advocate for consent education in Australian schools, 23 Feb 2022  (watch from 1.25min)