Prevention of Violence Against Women

A key part of the INW PCP’s commitment to the prevention of violence against women (PVAW) is our ongoing support for, and contribution to the implementation of regional PVAW approaches, led by women’s health organisations in our catchment.

Since 2010, the INW PCP has been a key partner of Preventing Violence Together: Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women In 2017, the INW PCP endorsed and signed on as a key partner to Preventing Violence Together: Western Region Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women: 2030 Strategy.

Since 2013, the INW PCP has been committed to the vision and goals of the Northern Region’s Building a Respectful Community – Preventing Violence against women.  In 2017, the INW PCP signed the  Building a Respectful Community: Strategy 2017-21.



Project Background

The Inner North West Collaborative Evaluation Project (INCEPT) originated in 2011 as a collaborative evaluation project of the INW PCP Prevention Alliance  in partnership with University of Melbourne. Elements of a collective impact framework were utilised to inform this work. The primary focus of INCEPT was to develop a joint framework for agencies to define and monitor common indicators and progress measures in Prevention of Violence against Women (PVAW) work. This framework included co-designed evaluation indicators and sample survey questions that could be applied to a variety of PVAW initiatives.

In 2017, the Prevention Alliance were awarded a Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention grant to support the ongoing progression of INCEPT to expand the work of the partnership by engaging and working with a broader range of priority population groups and settings. INCEPT 2.0 expands on the collective work of the Prevention Alliance to enhance accessibility, facilitate and support consistent evaluation practice and provide interactive support for local level evaluation.


What is INCEPT 2.0?

INCEPT 2.0 builds on the findings of the INCEPT pilot and implements recommendations from the evaluation report. INCEPT 2.0 aims to further integrate the context of PVAW initiatives and their ongoing practice and evaluation considerations. INCEPT 2.0 is currently under development as an interactive online resource that provides support and tools for local data collection and is tailored to the setting and approach of your project or PVAW work.

The goal of INCEPT 2.0 is to continue to foster consistent evaluation practice across different settings with diverse population groups, to achieve greater reach across our communities, to implement better systems for measuring collective impact over time and therefore achieve a greater understanding of collaborative change.

We are developing a suite of quick and easy to use tools for evaluation in PVAW. Additionally, we are piloting stakeholder interest in using the platform for local level data collection in both the North and Western Regions. Throughout the resource there are opportunities for certain agencies to enter data for customised data visual reports.


The INCEPT 2.0 interactive online evaluation resource will be released soon.



INCEPT Project Overview                            INCEPT Evaluation Report

INCEPT Overview                



Policy Context:


Change the Story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia

Royal Commission into Family Violence



Safe and Strong, A Victorian Gender Equality Strategy (2016)

Free from Violence, Victoria’s Strategy to Prevent Family and all forms of Violence Against Women (2017)

Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019

Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Framework (2016)

Indigenous Family Violence Primary Prevention Framework (2012)



Building a Respectful Community Strategy 2017-21

Preventing Violence Together 2030


Preventing Violence Against Women evaluation guides:

Vic Health, A Concise Guide to Evaluating Primary Prevention Projects – includes useful evaluation tools.


Our Watch, Putting Prevention of Violence Against Women into Practice: How to Change the Story. Section 9: Evaluating your work and Building the Evidence for prevention.


Community based prevention of violence against women and their children: A toolkit for practitioners. Section 3: Planning, evaluating, sustaining a program –


Our watch, Counting on Change


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) specific evaluation guides:

AMES, Violence against women in CALD communities. Understandings and actions to prevent violence against women in CALD communities. Section 2.3 Monitoring and evaluating progress.

Our Watch, Evaluation of the Preventing Violence Against Women and their Children in CALD Communities Project

United Nations, How to design projects to end violence against women and girls. A step by step guide for taking action. Section 2.4 Develop a monitoring and evaluation plan.


LGBTI resources:

Our Watch, Primary prevention of family violence against people from LGBTI communities:


Australian Government Guidance on Gender


Other resources:

Vic Health, Preventing violence against women: Community of Practice reflections


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