We engage with women, communities, service providers and government to promote and enhance the health and wellbeing of women across the Gippsland area

Gippsland Prevention of Men's Violence Against Women Strategy

The Strategy is a partnership approach to Prevention of Men's Violence against Women (PMVAW) across Gippslandcurrently funded by the Office Of Prevention and Women's Equality through the Community Partnerhsips for Primary Prevention grants.  The Strategy was initially funded under the Reducing Violence against Women and their Children grants program, part of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program. The strategy has provided a coordinated approach through many initatives across Gippsland.


Summary of 2013-2015 Gippsland PMVAW Strategy from ANROWS conference, Melbourne February 2016.


Gippsland PMVAW Strategy 2013-2015 summary


Gippsland Evaluation Report

Cover Gippsland PMVAW Evaluation Federation University


2017/18 Strategy Objectives:

  • Increase social, structural and individual support for gender equality in public and private life, in principle and in practice, across a diverse range of organisations and communities in Gippsland.
  • Equalise access to power and resources between women and men by strengthening women’s social, economic and civic participation in Gippsland’s organisations and communities.
  • Encourage and support organisations, communities and individuals in Gippsland to reject rigid gender roles, identities and practices
  • Promote positive, equal and respectful relationships between women and men, girls and boys, in all contexts of life in Gippsland (societally, organisationally, within communities, and interpersonally)


Strategy Documents

Action plan 2017/2018 under the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention grant.

Terms of Reference Gippsland PMVAW Steering Committee

Action Plan 2016

Gippsland PMVAW Strategy Evaluation Report 2013 - 2015

Strategy Program Logic 2013 - 2015


Guiding Strategies and Frameworks

Building from Strength: 10-Year Industry Plan for Family Violence Prevention and Response outlines the Victorian Government's long-term vision and plan for the workforces that prevent and respond to family violence. (released Dec 2017)

Safe and Strong Victoria’s Gender Equality Strategy sets out a framework for enduring and sustained action over time.

Free From Violence Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of Violence against Women.

Family Violence Rolling Action Plan 2017–2020 Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change (the 10 Year Plan) outlines a vision for a future where Victorians live free from family violence.

Our Watch, Australia's National body for the prevention of violence against women and thier children.

  • Change the story: A national shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and thier children in Australia.


Application Forms

Application for Membership

Guest Speaker Request


Make the Link Campaign

Make the Link posters

Make the Link is our social engagement campaign which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the root causes of men’s violence against women and offer practical ways everybody can be active bystanders and make a difference in their sphere of influence.

After extensive consultation and focus group work, the three (3) ‘Make the Link’ posters were finalised and launched on International Women’s Day March 8, 2015.  Online and offline distribution of the posters continues to grow, including secondary schools, grassroots campaigns, international organisations, women’s health organisations and health clinics. 

Our online activity continues to grow, with the website makethelink.org.au Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


MATE Proactive bystander program

MATE Bystander Leadership

The MATE (Formerly Mentors in Violence Prevention, MVP) Leadership program for the prevention of violence from Griffith University, is a key component of the Gipspalnd PMVAW Strategy. Train the Trainer sessions have been held in 2014, 2015 and in 2017. The Regional Prevention Steering Committee identified that the MATE program should continue to be expanded on and rolled-out across Gippsland, with a committed to directly increasing the number of facilitators of this program within the Gippsland region.

MATE (MVP) was introduced to the community as part of International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women/White Ribbon Day Events during November 2014.  We have partnered with the Gippsland shire councils, local organisations and community groups to host sessions across the region. It continues to be rolled out, for more information of the MATE session continue reading here.



2013-2015 saw four broad activity areas will guide Prevention of Men's Violence Against Women and their Children within the Gippsland region. These included:

The Strategy ensured that men are involved as change agents in the promotion, delivery and coordination of the identified preventative actions/interventions. To achieve this, initiatives were developed to ensure men, alongside women, are involved as equal participants and leaders in the prevention of gendered based violence.


Other Activity Areas

Paving the Way: a workplace project

A workplace approach to preventing men’s violence against women and their children with Baw Baw and Wellington Shire Councils. Various activities have been completed under the Paving the Way banner including:

  • Masters Research Project  Staff perceptions of barriers and enablers to becoming involved in workplace based initiatives to end men’s violence against women and children' which involved focus groups with staff at Baw Baw and Wellington Councils.
  • Family Violence and the Workplace Training
    Conducted in Wellington and Baw Baw Shires Councils.
  • Establishment of a Baw Baw Community Action Working Group ‘Our Watch Our Issue’ includes representatives from Government, GippSport, Victoria Police, Warragul Gazette, APEX, Warragul
    Community Church, Warragul Community House, Olivia’s
    Place, Women in Gippsland and interested community
  • Mentors in Violence Prevention training held with Baw Baw Shire staff and 'Our Watch Our Issue' members.
  • Gender Equity Audit conducted at Wellington and Baw Baw Shire.