Community Based Prevention of Violence Against Women and Their Children Toolkit for Practitioners
Nationwide body addressing the prevention of violence against Women, Our Watch, have announced their release of "Community based prevention of violence against women and their children: A toolkit for practitioners". The toolkit was developed through two pilot projects last year across Melbourne's north and west working to implement community-based interventions aimed at preventing violence against women. The toolkit is a suite of tools and processes for practitioners and community organisations to engage the local community to prevent violence against women.
It addresses the gendered drivers of violence against women and provides tools to help practitioners address them and support those affected by violence against women. The toolkit also supports a tailored approach to prevention to encourage locally responsive efforts. It encourages best working practices in the planning, evaluating and sustaining of community prevention programs.
Prevention work is distinct from service response at the crisis level. It requires a particular skill set and commitment of resources. The Women’s Community Health Network calls for increased commitment at the state level for prevention work. It is also a feature of the Safe Systems Campaign.