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10 ways to get started in preventing violence against women


We all have a role to play in understanding and acting to prevent violence against women, and you can get started today!

  1. Inform yourself on the evidence for the prevention of violence against women. Complete the free eLearning module and download the Learner’s Toolkit available on this site. Read through the pages Evidence on violence against women and Australian policy & documents, and test yourself with our Quizzes. Check out the videos, factsheets and campaigns on the websites of local, state-wide and specialist women’s health services.

  2. Become a member of your local, state-wide and specialist women’s health services, and subscribe to their newsletters or e-news to find out about new research, upcoming events and initiatives. 

  3. Support your regional strategy or plan. Read your local strategy or plan and contact the local women's health service to find out more about becoming a partner or supporter through your organisation, community group, sporting club or as an individual.

  4. Take part in 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence as a participant or organiser. The international 16 Days campaign runs 25 November to 10 December each year. You can contact your local women’s health service to find out how to get involved.

  5. Get involved in local actions throughout the year. Find out what other key campaigns and activities happen throughout the year that you can attend or help to organise. Contact your local, state-wide and specialist women’s health services, and the partners listed in your local regional strategy or plan and find out about the actions they are taking.

  6. Organise training for your organisation, sporting club, CFA brigade or other community group. Check out the training offered by regional and state-wide women’s health services on preventing violence against women, including professional workplace training, bystander training, gender and disability training, and many more.

  7. Show leadership. Once you are informed on the evidence, talk to others about what you know. Promote the evidence, local events and services. Get trained or speak to your local women’s health service about safe and effective ways to discuss this issue, as this can be a confronting or personal topic for people.

  8. Get active on social media. Use the power of social media to share information and get others talking. Like and follow your local, state-wide and specialist women’s health services and engage with their posts, tweets and photos. Take note of any hashtags attached to events and activities and share these to keep the conversation spreading.

  9. Join a local community of practice, network or committee. Contact your local women’s health service and find out about joining these to build your expertise and network with others working in this space.

  10. Get in touch with a women’s health service directly and ask about further ways that you can get involved – it all starts with a conversation!

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