Notice of Motion – Launch of Framework for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
17 November, 2015


Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:

  1. Our Watch, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) and Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has launched the world’s first evidence based anti-violence domestic violence framework to enable a consistent and integrated national approach to prevent violence against women and their children.
  2. The Framework: Change the Story, an initiative under the National Place to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children:
    1. Outlines the latest evidence on what causes violence against women and their children;
    2. Represents more than 400 diverse stakeholder groups from around the country;
    3. Outlines what actions work to prevent violence against women and their children, in different sectors, from the individual to societal level;
    4. Looks at how different forms of disadvantage and discrimination can interact, and how prevention activity should take this into account; and
    5. Articulates the elements of a coordinated approach to prevention across jurisdictions and sectors.
  3. The Framework and related video show that to Change the Story, we must begin with gender inequality and respect.
  4. As Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja said, “With Change the Story we are better placed than ever before to end violence against women and children in Australia. As we have seen with other major social changes, such as smoking prevention and the wearing of seat-belts, we need governmental, organisational and systemic change across the community”.
  5. The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to working with Our Watch, ANROWS, the Commonwealth and other states and territories governments, and the community generally to enable an integrated national approach to prevent violence against women and their children, by changing attitudes, supporting victims, and holding perpetrators to account.