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Community-based Prevention of Violence Against Women and their Children

This accessible toolkit compiled by Our Watch in Australia comprises a suite of materials for practitioners wishing to work with communities to prevent violence against women. It details a primary prevention approach that aims to change attitudes, behaviours and practices to stop violence from occurring in the first place. 

It describes a process and provides tools for working with communities on prevention of violence against women and their children. It defines a community as ‘any group of people living in the same place or who have a particular characteristic in common, such as age, social interest, cultural background or sporting interest’. 

It takes a community development approach which builds the capacity of community members to plan, implement, and evaluate prevention activities under the themes of respectful relationships, gender equality and promotion of non- violent norms. It outlines and explains this approach, provides practical implementation tools, and includes information about how to evaluate prevention programmes. 

The toolkit has been designed for practitioners and community organisations who wish to engage the community, in a participatory, partnership approach, to prevent violence against women and their children, and to work with other organisations that are a part of an integrated family violence network. 

Toolkit Contents

1. Before starting:  Background information, an overview of what’s in the toolkit, key information about working with communities and key terms, definitions and understandings. It also provides information about responding to disclosures. 

2. Getting started :  Key information about understanding and engaging the community, establishing an Advisory Group and developing a community working group. 

3. Planning, evaluating, sustaining a programme:  Effective planning, implementation and evaluation processes and ideas for building sustainability into a programme. 

4. Working in the community: Guidance to help build the skills of a community to develop its own prevention plans, and discusses the role of mentors. 

5. Developing communication and media plans: Ideas  about how to communicate about a programme. 

6. Learning and celebrating: Acknowledging progress and learning from what worked and what didn’t. It also provides suggestions for celebrating success. 

7. Appendices: Tools and templates to assist in implementing a programme. 

8. Useful websites and endnotes 

Key quote "There is also a need to be aware of the specific forms of disadvantage and discrimination that the particular group being engaged may be experiencing."