In recent years, primary prevention has become further established as a sector in Victoria, through dedicated funding and policy frameworks, and integrated government action plans to end family and gender-based violence.
The primary prevention sector has a proud history of grassroots activism that led to the development of a system of organisations and initiatives. Increasingly, a sector of skilled primary prevention practitioners and organisations are coming together to lead and grow this work. This includes:
- organisations dedicated specifically to primary prevention
- organisations with a significant focus on prevention (within a broader remit of work on gender equality, women’s health or family violence and sexual assault services)
- organisations with expertise and community connection related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, multicultural communities, LGBTIQ+ communities and women with disabilities
- organisations coordinating the work of practitioners in key settings, such as schools, universities, local councils, health and community services, community and sporting organisations
- organisations specialising in content-specific workforce development in areas such as working with men and masculinities, or consent.
A key role of specialised prevention organisations and practitioners is to lead and support the work of others in a range of settings. Delivering a range of effective and mutually-reinforcing activities and initiatives requires both workforce development and sector coordination.
Safe and Equal is one of a number of organisations working to develop a strong and coordinated system, alongside key government agencies. We do this in many ways, with a particular focus on supporting workforce development and building practice expertise. We are committed to delivering work that complements the work of others and meets the needs of practitioners working in the community.
For more about our role and who we work with see the Safe and Equal Primary Prevention Strategy 2022-2024.