Hobart hosts national forum on ending violence against women

Our Watch

Today, experts from across the family, sexual and domestic violence sector will renew calls to end violence against Tasmanian women, with a focus on evidence-based solutions to stop violence before it starts.

Our Watch in partnership with the Tasmanian Department of Communities, will host the National Primary Prevention Hub forum in Hobart.

This hybrid online and in-person event comes a week after Our Watch launched the second edition of Change the story, a world-leading national framework for the prevention of violence against women.

The National Primary Prevention Hub forum will include special keynotes from Tasmanian organisations that are addressing violence against women the Hobart Women’s Shelter and Engender Equality, Sexual Assault Support Service, South-Eastern Tasmania Aboriginal Corporation, Big hART and Citizen Tasmania.

The event also provides stakeholders with an opportunity to hear about the work of organisations and provide valuable insight to inform the next Safe Homes, Families and Communities plan for Tasmania.

Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP said the event is a significant and exciting opportunity to bring all thought-leaders and change-makers in prevention together.

“The Tasmanian Government is delighted to be partnering with Our Watch in the prevention of violence against women and our children, and we look forward to working with our various service providers, community groups and other stakeholders on innovative primary prevention activities as part of the development of our third Family and Sexual Violence Action Plan.”

Our Watch CEO Patty Kinnersly said the National Primary Prevention Hub Forum is about putting evidence into action.

“The role of schools, universities, workplaces, sporting clubs and governments in ending men’s violence against women will be discussed at today’s forum by Australia’s experts and practitioners in prevention,” Ms Kinnersly said.

“Men’s violence against women doesn’t occur in a vacuum, it is driven by gender inequality and gendered power imbalances, and by ideas about masculinity that encourage men to seek power and control over women.

“By coming together to understand the drivers of this violence and how they can be shifted, we are committing to a future where all women, from Tasmania, and across Australia, can live with respect and equality and free from violence.”

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