Women's Health Grampians community of practice work continues | Video

Women's Health Grampians' Darlene Henning-Marshall, left, and Carolynne Hamdorf, second from right, with Horsham Inspector Rebecca Olsen and the Department of Health and Human Services' Mandi Stewart. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Women's Health Grampians' Darlene Henning-Marshall, left, and Carolynne Hamdorf, second from right, with Horsham Inspector Rebecca Olsen and the Department of Health and Human Services' Mandi Stewart. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WOMEN’S Health Grampians is continuing work to help other organisations access information about domestic violence prevention.

The group runs the Grampians Community of Practice for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, designed to help people access resources, exchange skills and develop working relationships to address the problem in the region.

The organisation hosts quarterly sessions across the Grampians region, including a session in Horsham last week.

Women’s Health Grampians regional consultant Carolynne Hamdorf said the meeting focused on a national framework for violence prevention, called Change the Story.

“The framework provides an evidence base for effective activities we can all do to end violence against women and their children,” she said.

“There are an unlimited number of actions organisations can take that will help shift our culture to one of equality and respect.

“The framework outlines five essential action areas – and the key is to ensure our efforts align and support at least one of these.

“Today is about exploring how we can do things in our everyday work – that is both in line with your core business and these action areas – to create a safer community for everyone.

“We don’t all have to do everything, but together as a community if we all do something, we will start to make a difference.”

The five areas include:

1.    Having a voice and taking a stand against violence against women;

2.    Looking for ways to help empower women and give them a voice;

3.    Challenging old stereotypes and norms around masculinity and femininity;

4.    Building respectful relationships; and

5.    Improving equality for all.

Organisers said people could visit whg.org.au for more information, or call 5322 4100 to register interest in joining the community of practice.

The group’s next meeting will be in September.

Women’s Health Grampians last month launched its regional strategy for preventing violence against women.

Wimmera councils and support organisations were among the groups that contributed to the project.

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