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What is Action to Prevent Violence Against Women?

Action to Prevent Violence Against Women is an online resource for the primary prevention of violence against women. 

Primary prevention refers to the actions that need to be taken by the whole of the community to stop violence against women before it occurs.

The site provides evidence, examples of community projects, a library of resources, key contacts and other information on the work being carried out by women’s health services and their community and government partners across Victoria – at state and regional levels.

Why does this website exist?

We all have a role to play in preventing violence against women. This starts with understanding violence against women and the most effective ways to prevent it together.

Violence against women is a pervasive and global issue. It is a violation of women and girls’ human rights and has serious health, economic and social consequences for those experiencing it, and for society as a whole.

We are seeing increasing awareness in Australia of the seriousness of violence against women, and for the need to take action so that women and girls are safe, valued, respected and have equal access to opportunities in public and private life.

Victorian women’s health services know that working together produces more powerful results than working alone.

Our services deliver and lead work in prevention of violence against women. We are experts in integrated health promotion and have long identified violence against women as a women’s health and community safety priority, requiring concentrated and coordinated effort. 

That is why our work has continued to prioritise and build a partnership approach to preventing violence against women. A partnership approach means that work is co-developed and co-delivered with others, including community organisations and health services, state and local governments, schools, primary care services, businesses, Victoria Police and members of the community.

Our efforts have taken us to many settings where people live, work and learn, and have enabled us to work with and support diverse groups and sectors in society who want to contribute to preventing violence against women. 

This site is one part of our broader strategic, collaborative and long-term commitment to ending violence against women. We lead prevention activities, collaborate with partners, build the capacity of communities and organisations to act, support coordinated and integrated efforts across the state, and evaluate and share successes and new knowledge. 

We have an unwavering commitment to redressing the underlying causes of violence for as long as it takes for equality and safety to be a reality for all Victorian women. 

Who is this website for?

Action to Prevent Violence Against Women has been developed to:

  • Support key organisations to understand and get involved in regional action planning and other prevention of violence against women activities
  • Support practitioners in the field to connect with each other, access resources and deliver best practice initiatives.

The site can also be used by other organisations and their partners in primary prevention within and beyond Victoria. The content reflects latest evidence and best practice examples in primary prevention action.

Who developed this website?

This website is a collective effort of women’s health services across Victoria.

Input to the site was provided by all nine women’s health services from metropolitan and rural regions across Victoria, as well as statewide specialist services - Women with Disabilities Victoria, Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria.

Development was managed by the state-wide service Women’s Health Victoria on behalf of GEN VIC - Gender Equality Victoria, the peak body for gender equity, women’s health and the prevention of violence against women.

What can I find on this website?

The information on this website is structured into four main areas.


This provides all background information on women’s health services, this website, and the issue of violence against women.

Quiz your knowledge

This part of the website hosts five interactive quizzes where you can test your knowledge and find out more about violence against women, its causes, how to prevent it, and the importance of intersectional approaches and partnerships.

Taking Action

This part of the site focuses on action. It presents colourful examples of services and action they are taking within regions and statewide, provides ideas and contacts for getting active to prevent violence against women with women’s health services, explains the process of regional planning which structures and directs regional action across the state, and provides summaries of key activities and programs running in Victoria.  

Practitioner Resources

This part of the site contains more advanced content. It is targeted at specialists working in the field. It includes a library of resources, and a Guide to Regional Planning that provides guidelines and tips for managing the planning, implementation and evaluation of regional strategies and action plans. The section also allows women’s health service practitioners to login and get in touch with each other.

Please refer to the site map, for a full list of pages.

Contact us

Get in touch with your local women’s health service for more information.

If you are experiencing violence, find information and support here 1800RESPECT.ORG.AU