Family Violence Prevention

CHIRP is an active member of the Mount Alexander Family Violence Prevention Network. This is a broad collaborative partnership to provide advocacy and strategic support to deliver actions of the Loddon Mallee Action Plan for the primary prevention of violence against women.

Prevention of family violence initiatives aim to stop violence before it occurs by addressing the key determinants of violence against women: the unequal distribution of power and resources between men and women, and an adherence to ridged gender roles.

The key themes for action are:

  • Promoting equal and respectful relationships between women and men
  • Promoting non-violent social norms

Violence against women is a serious issue in the community with one in three women in Australia experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by someone known to them.

CHIRP is currently setting up the Respect Ambassador program, in partnership with Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and proudly supported by a Mount Alexander Shire Council community grant. Respect Ambassadors will work with clubs in the Mount Alexander Shire to promote gender equity and create environments where women are respected.

Other family violence primary prevention projects that CHIRP has been a part of include:

Portraits for Respect was project that was run in partnership with Maldon Hospital and Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. The exhibition aimed to confront the attitudes, beliefs and distorted values that justify, excuse and minimise violence against women. It has been displayed through a variety of settings in Mount Alexander Shire, including cafes, pubs, large workplaces, the police station, the local hospital and the local high school.

Batting for Gender Equity project worked with local cricket clubs to:

  • Develop club cultures that are gender equitable and respectful sporting environments
  • Create club cultures that are safe, welcoming and inclusive of women and girls
  • Increase participation of women and girls in all aspects of sporting life
  • Promote best practice for gender equality in cricket clubs

16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaigns are run annually. These have included coordinated social media campaigns, engagement of local newspapers, events with speakers and participation by local businesses.

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