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Workplaces have an important role in preventing violence against women.

The Preventing Violence Together Partnership has developed a step-by-step toolkit to clearly guide partners on their gender equity journey, starting with building leadership commitment.

Who is


Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) is the regional women’s health service for the Southern Metropolitan Region.

WHISE is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on empowering women. We work to improve the health and well-being of women in our region by providing health information and education to governments, organisations, education providers, and community groups.

Our team of health promotion professionals work to promote gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and the prevention of violence against women.

Primary Prevention

Primary prevention in health promotion is at the very core of what we do. It is a deliberate way of changing the underlying causes of poor health. Rather than treating disease, our work seeks to prevent disease. WHISE work aims to reduce incidence of poor health of women in our community.

We train and raise understanding about gender equality because we know that this is the root cause of violence against women. We work in partnership with communities on sexual and reproductive health to support women to take control over their own health and well-being.

Health Promotion and Primary Prevention increases community wellbeing and most importantly for us, empowers women.

Where we Work

We work across 10 local government areas. Our area of work is called the South Metropolitan Region and consists of approximately 1.3 million people, representing about onequarter of the state’s total population.

We cover Port Phillip, Bayside, Kingston, Frankston, Stonnington, Glen Eira, Dandenong, Cardinia, Casey and Mornington Peninsula.

Acknowledgement of the

Evidence Base and Licensing

This toolkit has been built on the significant body of work by Our Watch. WHISE and the partners to the regional Prevention of Violence against Women (Preventing Violence Together) wish to acknowledge the significant body of work, and legacy of Our Watch, in preventing violence against women and their children.


This toolkit specifically draws from two key pieces of knowledge from Our Watch:

  • Change the Story - © Our Watch Limited 2019
  • Workplace Equality and Respect Standards - © Our Watch Limited 2019


Creative Commons License:

Creative Commons License
In recognition of the substantive original work of Our Watch that this toolkit is built on, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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