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, and forms part of a network of coordinated women’s health services that cover Victoria.  WHISE are the leading primary prevention agency for the health and wellbeing of women in the Southern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne.

WHISE is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering women. Their team of health promotion professionals work to promote gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women.

Contact Details:

Address:  Level 1, 70 St Kilda Road, St Kilda, VIC 3182
Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm
Phone: (03) 9794 8677
Fax: (03) 9793 1866


Other PVAW Resources

-Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRC)

DVRC’s prevention work is informed by the evidence-based resource Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.


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

-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.

-UN Women

Global focus on PVAW

-WHISE PVAW Strategy 2016 – 2021