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Introduction to PVAW – eModule and Self-Guided Orientation Toolkit

eLearning Module & Learner’s Toolkit

The free interactive audio and video eLearning module: Introduction to Preventing Violence Against Women and the companion Learner's Toolkit are available through the buttons below.

These new resources aim to support new and/or inexperienced workers to learn more about playing a role in preventing violence against women.

The eLearning module takes around 40 minutes to complete. It can be saved at any point and completed at intervals to suit busy schedules, and is compatible with most assistive technologies.

The Learner's Toolkit is a printable PDF document.

What will I learn?

Both the eModule and Learner’s Toolkit will help you to:

  • identify the prevalence and impact of violence against women in Australia
  • define common terms used to describe violence against women
  • identify the causes of violence against women
  • explain the difference between gender equity and gender equality
  • make the link between gender inequality and violence against women
  • recognise the main characteristics of a primary prevention approach for preventing violence against women
  • describe the principles of an intersectional approach
  • identify some of the key practice principles of effective prevention of violence against women
  • recognise the policy context for prevention of violence against women at an international, national, state and local level
  • identify some key contacts for linking in to the prevention of violence against women sector

The Learner’s Toolkit provides additional information on these areas and further reading lists.

Who are the resources for?

The resources are most suited to those who play a contributing role in prevention, for example through committees, networks and planning groups and those who are partnering in prevention projects or overseeing them.

The resources do not aim to act as training for those who will be leading prevention projects, however they may be a useful starting place or refresher for these workers.

The evidence behind the resources

The resources are based on the latest Australian and international evidence on prevention of violence against women.

They are also informed by the history of Victorian work in prevention – a history which has helped to identify the key information that can help workers to get started.

The resources are in line with the workforce capabilities identified in the Victorian Government’s Preventing Family Violence & Violence Against Women Capability Framework.

It should be noted that the resources are an introduction to the capabilities and do not address all capabilities.

Important note on responding to situations of violence

Please note, this module does not provide information on how to identify or respond to situations of violence. It is recommended that individuals and services contact their local family violence regional integration coordinator to undertake free Identifying Family Violence training in their region, and to find out about family violence services available in their local area.

We welcome your feedback!

These resources are pilot editions. We are keen to gain user feedback which will help us to improve the module into the future. Feedback can be sent to The module also includes a quick feedback survey at its completion.  

Further training

Half-day Orientation to PVAW and other prevention of violence against women training and workshops are also available through women’s health services across the state to support your professional development. Please get in touch with for more information on this training.  

Contact us

Get in touch with Gender Equity Victoria for more information.

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