Prevention of Family Violence

Family violence includes the following types of abusive behaviours:
• Physical and sexual violence,
• Emotional and/or psychological abuse,
• Economically abusive,
• Threatening, coercive, etc.
• And/or any other way that controls or dominates a family member and causes them to feel fear for their own or others’ safety and wellbeing.

Family violence includes behaviour that causes a child to hear, witness or otherwise be exposed to the effects of any of the behaviours referred to above.
Defined in the Victorian Family Violence Protection Act 2008

To prevent family violence, the South Coast PCP utilises Change the Story, the national framework for a consistent and integrated approach to preventing violence against women and their children in Australia.

What the framework makes clear is that gender inequality is the core of the problem, so gender equality must be the heart of the solution. It shows that there are roles for all of us to play in preventing violence against women – governments, communities, organisations and individuals.

Our work is to create a culture of respect and equality by-
• challenging the condoning of violence against women
• promoting women’s independence and decision making
• challenging gender stereotypes
• strengthening positive, equal and respectful relationships in the settings where our communities live, work, learn and socialise.

South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women

Our Vision: Communities across Bass Coast & South Gippsland are gender equal, free from family violence & men’s violence against women

The South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women was formed as a deliverable of the Regional Gippsland preventing men’s violence against women strategy 2012-15 (GPMVAWS), an initiative funded under the Victorian Government Community Crime Prevention Reducing Violence against Women and their Children grants.
Established in 2015, the South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women currently has members from 14 local organisations. Our strategic partnership draws organisations together to build collaboration, share resources, tailor and deliver prevention activities to our context that create positive change in our local community.

The South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women provides local organisations a forum to:
• come together and build partnerships related to the prevention of men’s violence against women.
• share information, resources and experiences.
• learn from one another.
• enhance collaborative opportunities to engage community in the prevention of men’s violence against women.
• implement prevention activities at the local level.
• contribute expertise back to the Gippsland Free From Violence Coalition and Strategic Leadership Group on prevention actions that ‘work well’ in the South Gippsland & Bass Coast community setting.
• work together to create positive change in our community.

The work of the South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women is strongly aligned to:
Free From Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women
Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children
• Gippsland Free from Violence Coalition priorities
Respectful Relationships guidelines and
• Municipal Public Health & Wellbeing planning documents.

Our members are committed to:
1. Raising awareness of the drivers of family violence
2. Influencing community attitudes and changing behaviour
3. Reinforcing positive behaviours and social norms

More details about how the partnership works can be found in our Terms of Reference and our Strategic Plan.

We meet regularly, usually at least once every 6 weeks.
For further details contact the Prevention Manager, Rebecca Scott,

Our work
In 2017 we were successful in obtaining a State Government Grant of $140,000 from the Department of Premier and Cabinet to run prevention of violence against women programmes across Bass Coast and South Gippsland.
Summary Report
End of Year Report 2019
Report July 2019- June 2020

Creatives Support Prevention of Family Violence during COVID-19

During the first COVID-19 lock down of 2020, the South Coast Partnership to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women (SCPMVAW) partnered with the local creative community to produce content that could be used to promote prevention of violence messaging via social media. The group produced 3 videos that explore the link between gender equality, respectful relationships and family violence.

We are thrilled to report that Creatives Support the Prevention of Family Violence during Covid-19 has been selected as a finalist in the Prevention category of the Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) Awards. The Gippsland PHN Awards aim to recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better health to the Gippsland region. The Award winners will be announced on Wednesday 18 November 2020. Fingers crossed!

Respectful Relationships

The Prevention Team work with schools across the South Coast and the Department of Education supporting them to implement the Respectful Relationships initiative. Respectful Relationships is a primary prevention activity designed to stop violence before it starts by addressing the deep-seated gendered drivers of family violence.

School leaders promote Respectful Relationships in the Corner Inlet

In partnership with DET and the Corner Inlet Learning Alliance: Foster Primary School, Fish Creek and District Primary School, Foster Secondary College, Toora Primary School, Welshpool and District primary School and Tarwin Lower Primary School, and the South Coast Prevention Team a series of Principal ‘vox pops’ videos were created.

Considering the influence leaders can have in a community, we set out to interview the principals and leaders of our local Respectful Relationship schools to create a community engagement tool.

What is RR

What is the whole school approach

Benefits of whole school approach

Importance of RR to schools & community

What does RR look like in the classroom?

Lead school

Family's Role

Why challenge gender stereotypes?

RR at Foster SC


Evaluation of the series indicated that after watching the videos, 87% of survey respondents had increased their knowledge and understanding of the Respectful Relationships initiative and 91% of survey respondents understood they had a role to play in Respectful Relationships.