Preventing violence against women before it occurs is an important priority for governments and communities.

Read on to find reports and resources from previously funded initiatives which may inform future work.

Reducing Violence against Women and Their Children Grants

The Victorian Government’s Reducing Violence against Women and Their Children (RVAWC) Grants program funded eight regional projects, as well as four Koori Community Safety Grants.

A primary purpose of the grant scheme was to help build the evidence base for primary prevention and early intervention initiatives aimed at preventing violence against women and children in Victoria. The following program evaluations contribute to this evidence base.

Overall program evaluation

Our Watch completed an overall review of the outcomes and lessons learned from the RVAWC program.

The full evaluation report focuses on the RVAWC grants program and the eight regional projects. The report:

  • provides an accessible overview of the funded projects, a discussion of their consolidated implementation successes and lessons learned, and an exploration of the effectiveness of the RVAWC grants program
  • determines the contribution of the RVAWC grants program and the projects it funded to the evidence base to inform future programming and practice in primary prevention.

summary report is also available, which provides a snapshot of the key outcomes and lessons learned from the RVAWC program and the eight regional projects.

Project evaluations

The eight RVAWC projects were also required to undertake an independent evaluation. Click on the links below to see these evaluation reports.

Gippsland regional preventing violence against women strategy
Evaluation report

Hume regional preventing violence against women strategy
Evaluation report

United: Working together to prevent violence against women in the west
Western metropolitan region
Evaluation report

Act @ Work
Grampians region
Evaluation report

Loddon Mallee Takes a Stand
Evaluation report

CHALLENGE Family Violence
Southern metropolitan region
Evaluation report

Baby Makes 3
Eastern metropolitan region
Evaluation report

Baby Makes 3 Plus
Warrnambool
Evaluation report

Koori Community Safety Grants - project evaluations

In addition, four prevention and early intervention projects were supported specifically in Victorian Koori communities, through Koori Community Safety Grants.

Click on the links below to see these evaluation reports.

Family and Community Violence Prevention Project
Mallee District Aboriginal Services
Mildura and Swan Hill
Evaluation report

Aboriginal Family Harmony Project
Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative
Greater Shepparton
Evaluation report

Strong Men, Strong Communities
Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health
East Gippsland
Evaluation report

Strong Relationships, Strong Community
Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
North Metro Melbourne (focus on Darebin Local Government Area)
Evaluation report

Community of practice

A RVAWC community of practice was established to bring the eight regional projects together to share challenges and ideas during the 3 years of the program.

For more information, read the 2013/14 and 2014/15 evaluation reports.

Local Government Preventing Violence Against Women

The department also supported the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) from 2014 to 2016 to deliver the Local Government Preventing Violence Against Women (External link) initiative.

This initiative has supported organisational gender equity and violence prevention work in several local councils. Read more about MAV’s work to prevent violence against women on the MAV website (External link).

Further information

To learn more about the underlying causes and primary prevention of violence against women, see:

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