World-first framework to prevent violence against women

THE latest international research on what drives violence against women and how to prevent it has been used to create a world-first national framework to end family violence.

Anti-violence group Our Watch, VicHealth and Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety on Tuesday launched the Change the Story campaign.

The campaign is a world-first national framework for ending violence against women and children.

Our Watch chair and former Democrats senator Natasha Stott Despoja said the program was a vital tool in ending the scourge.

"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 seatbelts, we need governmental, organisational and systemic change across the community," she said.

ANROWS chief Heather Nancarrow said research showed increased gender equality reduced violence against women.

"Gender influences patterns of violence victimisation and perpetration more than any other variable, according to our recent analysis of data from the 2012 ABS Personal Safety Survey," she said.

"This framework will help to change the story on gender inequality and violence against women."

"Building communities that are safe, respectful and free from violence requires effective and evidence-based primary prevention strategies."

The framework calls for better education on domestic violence and increased funding and support to help prevent violence against women and increase gender equality.

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