inTouch launched a new resource today, Empowering faith and community leaders to prevent violence against women. Lessons from the Empowering Communities Initiative.

Members of the Empowering Community Network joined us for an online launch, and we heard from African Family Services who shared their involvement with the Initiative and the impact of their prevention activities in the community.

inTouch has always worked in the prevention space, as we know how important it is. The key to preventing and eliminating family violence is to work with communities: to support them in building understanding of family violence, how to recognise it and to respond appropriately. This includes encouraging them and building their capacity to undertake prevention and gender equality initiatives within their own communities.

In 2018 inTouch received funding from the Victorian Government as part of Free from Violence: Victoria’s strategy to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women. And the Empowering Community Initiative was born.

This Initiative is a great example of how we worked with 10 ethno-specific organisations to undertake primary prevention and gender equality initiatives in their communities. Their projects were based in south-east metropolitan Melbourne between 2018 and 2019.

This new resource is for anyone working to prevent violence against women and their children. It uses key learnings from the Empowering Communities Initiative to support work with diverse communities in the prevention of violence against women. It provides information about the issue of violence against women, approaches to preventing this problem, and what it means to take an intersectional approach.

Many of the challenges experienced by the Empowering Communities Network are likely to be shared by others working with diverse communities, and this resource is a useful guide in the planning and preparation of prevention activities from an intersectional perspective.

Download Resource: Empowering faith and community leaders to prevent violence against women. Lessons from the Empowering Communities Initiative.

We hope that you will share this resource with others who will find it useful and who will also adapt and develop further activities and share them with us so that we can all keep growing our knowledge about what is good practice in this field of work.

We do encourage feedback about this resource with any suggestions for improving the content or presentation. You can provide feedback by completing this survey.

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inTouch acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government, in particular for funding the Free From Violence strategy.