The Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children (the Foundation) is a new national organisation launched on 26 July 2013 by the Australian and Victorian governments. The role of the Foundation is to drive cultural and attitudinal change to prevent violence against women and their children from the ground up through community engagement and advocacy.
The Foundation will, at a national level, bring together the vital work being done to prevent violence against women and their children. It aims to strengthen engagement on these issues across the broader Australian community, provide opportunities for community leadership as well as support future work in primary prevention.
The Australian Government is providing $1 million a year for the establishment and operation of the Foundation.
The establishment of the Foundation is an initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) and complements the work of the National Centre of Excellence (NCE).
Board Directors are:
- Ms Natasha Stott-Despoja AM (Chair)
- Professor Muriel Bamblett AM
- Professor Rosemary Calder
- Mr Alan Cransberg
- Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards AO
- Dr Phil Lambert PSM
Consultations will be held with key stakeholders in the community, government, non-government and business sectors to ensure that everyone can contribute to this important initiative. Consultation workshops will be held in each jurisdiction, along with online Webinars and Submissions. WestWood Spice has been commissioned to undertake the national consultation process in August and September 2013. For further information on the WestWoodSpice consultations visit the WestWoodSpice website.
For further information on the Foundation see the Prevent Violence website.