Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne
Covering: Boroondara, Knox, Maroondah, Manningham, Monash, Yarra Ranges, and Whitehorse.
Lead agency for preventing violence against women
Women’s Health East is a regional women’s health promotion agency working across the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Melbourne. We work with stakeholders to build the capacity of services and programs in the region to ensure they optimally address issues affecting women. We address the social, political and environmental factors impacting on the health, safety and wellbeing of women in the region.
Regional partnership, strategy and action plan
The Together For Equality & Respect Partnership was established in 2012/13. Together for Equality & Respect: A Strategy to Prevent Violence Against Women in Melbourne’s East 2013-2017 was launched in May 2013 and includes a collaboratively developed framework with a common vision and strategic directions. Companion plans, the TFER Action Plan 2013 – 2017 and the TFER Evaluation Framework 2013 – 2017, were developed soon after. Led by Women’s Health East, this cross sector partnership consists of more than 35 organisations from across the seven local government areas, working together to prioritise, coordinate and integrate primary prevention efforts to prevent men’s violence against women. As momentum to prevent violence grows, the Together for Equality & Respect Partnership is about to move into its second four years, moving toward sustained action in the Eastern Metropolitan Region.
Speaking Out program
”Having an advocate available is
very important in terms of
personalising and making real an
issue that can otherwise feel
too distant or removed for many.”
The Speaking Out program aims to bring the voices of women who have experienced family violence or sexual assault to the centre of discussions about these issues. Women’s Health East, in partnership with the Eastern Domestic Violence Crisis Service and Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault, provide training for women to use their stories to become advocates for ending violence against women. The training builds their understanding of violence against women - what drives it and the evidence for prevention, as well as skills for how to work with media and successful public speaking. They are then supported by Women’s Health East in any interviews or public speaking arrangements they do.
“I felt confident to manage the
media because of the training”
Involvement in the program assists advocates to move forward in their personal journey and the program has had may positive impacts on local media’s reporting of violence against women, and attitudes and behaviours towards survivor advocates. Two of the advocates sit on the government’s Victim Survivor Advisory Council - established following the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
“It was very valuable including an advocate who could also speak about the importance of prevention.”
“We have been engaged with prevention work for some time, but it took listening to an advocate for the penny to drop”
Check out the range of activities that Women’s Health East are supporting in the region to prevent violence against women.