Violence against women is preventable, and gender equality is the core of the solution, along with funding our vital front line services. An Australia free from violence against women and their children is an Australia where women are safe, respected, valued and treated as equals in private and public life.
The best way to stop violence is before it occurs. Primary prevention involves challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, social norms and gender inequalities that give rise to men's violence against women. The Greens support the Change the Story framework for primary prevention developed by Our Watch.
A broad program for gender equality
Gender inequality is the root cause of violence against women, and acknowledging this is the first step to truly eliminating it. The key objectives of the Change the Story framework are:
- Challenge condoning of violence against women
- Promote women's independence and decision-making in public life and relationships
- Foster positive personal identities and challenge gender stereotypes and roles
- Strengthen positive, equal and respectful relations between and among women and men, girls and boys.
- Promote and normalise gender equality in public and private life.
The Greens would commit to a broad program for gender equality led by the federal government, but involving everyone across government, business, civil society and the community.
Funding for primary prevention experts
Our Watch (the National Foundation for the Prevention of Violence Against Women) and Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety – or ANROWS – are our primary prevention and cultural change experts. The Greens support securing and expanding their funding.
National rollout of respectful relationships
The Greens support a national rollout of best practice, age-appropriate Respectful Relationships programs alongside age appropriate sexual education in our schools, by working with States and Territory governments. This would be supported by federal investment of $10 million over 4 years in quality assurance, safety, evaluation and coordination.
Building an expert primary prevention workforce
It is critical to ensure there are qualified practitioners with expertise in best practice approaches to primary prevention, who can not only advise government, but also lead local prevention activities - funded at $18 million over 6 years.