There are 12 actions needed to prevent violence against women.
- Four actions address the underlying drivers of this violence (Essential actions 1-4)
- Four actions address the social context in which this violence arises (Essential actions 5-8)
- Four supporting actions address the reinforcing factors (Supporting actions 9-12).
Essential actions to address the gendered drivers of violence
- Challenge condoning of violence against women.
- Promote women’s independence and decision-making in public life and relationships.
- Build new social norms that foster personal identities not constrained by rigid gender stereotypes.
- Support men and boys to develop healthy masculinities and positive, supportive male peer relationships.
Essential actions to address the social context in which violence against women occurs
- Promote and normalise gender equality in public and private life.
- Address the intersections between gender inequality and other forms of systemic and structural oppression and discrimination, and promote broader social justice.
- Build safe, fair and equitable organisations and institutions by focusing on systemic levers.
- Strengthen positive, equal and respectful relations between and among women and men, girls and boys, in public and private spheres.
Supporting actions to address the reinforcing factors
- Challenge the normalisation of violence and aggression as an expression of masculinity.
- Reduce the long-term impacts of exposure to violence, and prevent further exposure.
- Strengthen prosocial behaviour.
- Plan for and actively address backlash and resistance.
The supporting actions address the 4 reinforcing factors. On their own, these supporting actions are not sufficient to prevent violence against women. A national approach to prevention must prioritise the essential actions (Actions 1-8) to address the drivers of violence against women. However, these supporting actions can make an important contribution to overall prevention goals.
Resources to understand the actions
A collection of graphics showing the gendered drivers and actions to prevent violence against women
A collection of graphics showing the gendered drivers and actions to prevent violence against women.
Social media tiles for communications based on Change the story
A collection of social media tiles developed by Our Watch for the 2021 '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence' campaign, based on the updated edition of Change the story.
A webinar about what's changed in the new version of Change the story
A webinar hosted by Our Watch discussing what's changed in the new version of Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women in Australia.