Last updated: 16 Nov, 2016

Generating Equality And Respect was a world-first primary prevention of violence against women program. The tools and resources on this page distill the findings and practice insights from this program.

VicHealth Generating Equality And Respect program

Summary: Generating Equality and Respect (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Full report: Generating Equality and Respect (PDF, 4.2 MB)

Generating Equality And Respect (GEAR) was a three-and-a-half-year primary prevention of violence against women program carried out in Melbourne’s south-east.  The goal of the program was to build communities and cultures that are gender equitable, and value and support non-violent norms. GEAR signaled a new and exciting direction for prevention activity, bringing together a range of tried and tested primary prevention programs to a single location.

Program tools and resources

View the VicHealth webinar to hear the project team talk about outcomes and insights from Generating Equality And Respect.

The following suite of tools and resources distill key learning and practice insights from the GEAR program, and point to a way forward for primary prevention:

Download: Applying a gender lens in the workplace (PDF, 633 KB)

Download: Establishing a youth-focused network (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Download: Guide to site selection (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Download: Staff training (PDF, 821 KB)

Download: Supporting gender equity in the workplace (PDF, 946 KB)

Download: Taking a local lead (PDF, 397 KB)

A strong partnership

GEAR was led by two locally based organisations: Monash City Council and Link Health and Community. VicHealth as the funder played an important role as third partner.

The GEAR program built on VicHealth’s history of research and investment to build leadership, an evidence base and practice guidance to prevent violence against women. This was a fresh way of doing primary prevention in Victoria and worldwide. 

A model for site-based prevention

By the conclusion of the program in 2015, GEAR had achieved its overall purpose. A range of tried and tested programs and activities had been implemented in a specified area and many were now embedded – particularly within the lead partner organisations.

The GEAR program has led to the development of a transferable model for a site-based approach to primary prevention. The program demonstrated potential to go beyond individual settings and instead aim for a collective impact across the community, supporting cultural change in the areas where people live, work, learn and play.

Generating Equality and Respect wins evaluation award

VicHealth was proud to accept the Australian Evaluation Society Award for Excellence in Evaluation in 2016. At their annual conference in Perth, the Australian Evaluation Society announced the award for Generating Equality and Respect and highlighted the program’s unique approach to evaluation. The award was accepted by the former VicHealth Research Practice Leader, Dr Wei Leng Kwok, who led the Generating Equality and Respect evaluation strategy with a focus on participatory and capacity-building approaches.

Read the media release.