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Western Metropolitan Melbourne

Covering: Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham.

Lead agency for preventing violence against women

Women’s Health West is committed to improving equity and justice for women in Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. Our health promotion, research and development program plans and implements activities designed to promote women’s health, safety and wellbeing. We also deliver family violence services that provide women and children with the range of supports they require while in crisis.

Regional partnership and action plan

Preventing Violence Together: The Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women 2010  is an ambitious but achievable plan of action for organisations in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne. It facilitates a coordinated, action-based partnership approach across local government, community and women’s health services, tailored to the particular characteristics of the western region. Organisations in the western region have long advocated for the development of a regional plan, and the Plan is a truly collaborative effort. We have all recognised that it is not possible to end violence against women with disparate initiatives, short-term funding and one-off projects, and through the process of developing and implementing this Plan, many strong partnerships in the western region have been established and further strengthened.

16 Days Activist Challenge

“This is a great activity
and one that invites easy
participation in something
that is nevertheless a
powerful tool for change”

The 16 Days Activist Challenge is an initiative led by Women’s Health West on behalf of the Preventing Violence Together partnership. This initiative encourages community members to commit to daily actions to promote gender equity and prevent men’s violence against women during the International 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December each year). 

Participants are supported in this challenge through a custom designed campaign website featuring a range of supporting information, tools and resources. They are also supported through social media and email communications from Women’s Health West.

“We need accessible ways to bring people into the conversation about ending violence against women, and help show people how they can take action. This challenge does just that.”

In 2016, 202 people registered to participate in the challenge and committed to undertake a total of 1500 daily challenges! After the challenge, 96% of participants surveyed said that as a result of the campaign, they intended to continue taking action to end violence against women throughout the year. Similarly high numbers of respondents agreed that the campaign had increased their understanding, ability and commitment to taking action to end violence against women.

“I plan to continue calling out sexist behaviour, double standards, victim blaming and the perpetuation of myths about violence against women”

Get involved

Check out the range of activities that Women’s Health in the West are supporting in the region to prevent violence against women.

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