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Primary Prevention 2021

Primary Prevention

The prevalence of violence against women is unacceptably high: one in three Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and/or emotional abuse in their lifetime. Primary Prevention aims to prevent violence before it happens. It helps change attitudes, behaviours and complacency. It shakes up the systems that tolerate, justify or excuse violence. This year we continued our work towards preventing sexual and family violence, by working together across homes, workplaces, schools and social groups to address its main driver – gender inequality.

Prevention education program

We are thrilled to have been successful in receiving grant funding from Give Where You Live at the end of the financial year.

Thanks to the generosity of Give Where You Live and their supporters, the grant will enable our organisation to deliver a prevention education program with the Bannockburn Football & Netball Club in early 2022.

This program will increase awareness and understanding of what sexual assault and family violence is, how to progress gender equality and what healthy, safe, and respectful relationships look like. The program will include capacity building with the club’s committee and members, co-design workshops with young people, resources informed by young people and connection with the broader community and stakeholders.

The SAFV Centre will design, lead and implement this primary prevention project, and co-facilitate with BATForce, the workshops with young people. This project is possible thanks to the support of Give Where You Live and the partnership with Bannockburn Football & Netball Club.

Wellbeing and Sustainability for Primary Prevention Practitioners

For practitioners working in the primary prevention space, they are working with data and stories threaded with lived experience, prevalence, research and evidence base of sexual assault and family violence.

Our Wellbeing and Sustainability for Primary Prevention Practitioners training supports these practitioners in understanding the drivers and elements of burnout, compassion fatigue, moral distress and vicarious trauma; while building vicarious resilience, compassion satisfaction and moral resilience in a prevention of violence against women and family violence context.

This training was delivered twice this past year, as part of our 16 Days of Activism campaign and as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, kindly funded by G21 Geelong Region Alliance. This training highlights the importance of supporting those dedicated to preventing violence.

This training reached organisations across not only the Barwon area, but across Victoria and Australia, with representatives including Respect Victoria and Our Watch. Participant feedback reinforced the importance, relevance, and consideration of content being applied in practice of practitioners.

“Understanding that long term social change is a marathon not a sprint and that I may not make the change, but be a part of the change. I can agitate and advocate. This will hopefully reduce the stresses in trying to bite off more than you can chew by being more aware of my workload and limitations and not be too hard on myself.”

“I never knew that moral distress was an actual ‘thing’ that we experienced and thinking about how this then applies to the work we are going to have to do as an organisation around gender equality.”

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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