Workplace equality partnership announced

La Trobe University has been selected to participate in the pilot Workplace Equality and Respect Project led by Our Watch. La Trobe is one of four workplaces selected for the one year pilot project alongside the Carlton and North Melbourne Football clubs and Connections UnitingCare. We are proudly representing the Victorian education sector.

Our Watch has been established to drive nation-wide change in the culture, behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and children.

The project will provide the opportunity to examine how primary prevention can operate within a workplace and learning environment. The evidenced-based primary prevention framework Change the Story, authored by Our Watch, Vic Health and ANROWS, will underpin the Workplace Equality and Respect work undertaken at La Trobe.

The Workplace Equality and Respect Project will enable La Trobe to review and deliver best practice policy, procedures and education to staff. Frontline service areas have been identified for key engagement opportunities which will equip our staff with the knowledge, capability and resources necessary to provide high level support, respond to drivers of violence, and identify risk factors to proactively engage with people to eliminate violence.

Our Watch will also provide guidance on the monitoring and evaluation of the project to ensure sustainability and maximise change.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar recognises the importance of such work.

“Violence against women is a national crisis in Australia. At La Trobe we understand that workplaces, and in particular Universities, have a vital role to play in creating an Australia free of violence against women; an Australia where women are not only safe, but respected, valued and treated as equals in private and public life.

"This project aligns with the violence prevention and support work led by Project Unified in establishing La Trobe University's framework for primary prevention of all forms of violence, improving support services and shaping a culture of respect for the La Trobe community.

“The Workplace Equality and Respect Project provides La Trobe with an opportunity to engage further in innovative and creative primary prevention of violence.

'As a University, we are uniquely placed to influence public opinion and educate the community, and we are proud to partner with Our Watch to challenge attitudes and behaviours underpinning violence against women.”  Professor John Dewar said.

For further information about this project and the work of Project Unified visit, http://www.latrobe.edu.au/violence-prevention

Media; Catherine Garrett 9479 6565

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