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Barwon South West

Covering: Greater Geelong, Queenscliff, Surf Coast, Warrnambool, Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Glenelg and Southern Grampians.

Lead agency for preventing violence against women

Women’s Health & Wellbeing Barwon South West is an independent women’s health promotion organisation that works in partnership with regional communities on initiatives that prevent illness and promote independence, health and wellbeing for local women. We deliver and support initiatives independently and in partnership with other organisations that focus on keeping women healthy. 

Regional partnerships and strategies

The Great South Coast Strategy to Prevent Violence against Women and Children 2013-2017  is the result of many people and organisations working in partnership, with over a hundred people from 52 organisations contributing to its development. The Strategy is based on committed partnerships, sound research and diverse input, which has informed our understanding of how to prioritise and progress action over the next five years.

The G21 Preventing and Addressing Violence Against Women and Children Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 creates a single plan for the primary prevention, early intervention and response to violence against women and their children for the geographic region of G21 encompassing the local government areas of City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire and Borough of Queenscliffe. It was developed in partnership with the Barwon Area Integrated Family Violence Committee, City of Greater Geelong, G21 - Geelong Region Alliance, and Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.


Workplace training

“Simple and
to the point.”

The Action, Mentoring, Prevention Workplace program (AMP) is a progression of the previous Take A Stand program. The Take A Stand program was a training module delivered to workplaces to help them to prevent violence against women, and it was implemented in 11 workplaces across the Barwon South West region between 2014 to 2016.

“I look forward to sharing the
conversation with colleagues.”

The program allowed workplaces to start the conversation with employees about violence against women and to embark on the journey to workplace gender equality. The program also delivered results for the broader region, increasing the number of potential partners in the local regional strategy.

The new AMP Workplace program commenced early 2017, and will be delivered to workplaces, schools, sporting clubs and community services. It will provide a training component (MATE training), a mentoring component (workplace to workplace), as well as providing policy development support for workplaces.

“Calm, informative presentation in a digestible, non-confrontational manner.”


Get involved

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

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