UpcomingPolicy Conversation: Change the Story


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  • Policy Conversation: Change the Story
    25 May 2022
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

As Our Watch explains, by taking a primary prevention approach, Australia can change the story of violence against women. We can stop this violence before it starts. Join us to talk about what we can do, as professionals, to prevent violence against women.

Primary prevention works to change the underlying social conditions that produce violence against women and that excuse, justify or even promote it. It works across the whole population to address the drivers of this violence, by changing attitudes, norms, practices, structures and power imbalances, including those within the family law sector.

With the first edition of Change the Story, Australia began developing the foundations for a world-leading approach to primary prevention. The recently released second edition provides an updated, expanded, evidence-based framework for Australia to continue and strengthen this shared national approach via continued and renewed action from all levels of government and from non-government organisations, the private sector, civil society and communities. Change the Story can help drive, guide and support this collective prevention effort.

TasCOSS is thrilled to have the opportunity to host Dr Emma Partridge, Manager Government Relations and Policy at Our Watch at this event to discuss the Change the Story framework and the opportunities for the adoption of the drivers of change in all facets of our lives. Emma led the development of both the original and second edition of the Change the Story frameworks amongst a rich career that has contributed significantly to the evidence base for primary prevention.

About the Facilitator:

Dr Emma Partridge is the Manager Government Relations and Policy at Our Watch, a national organisation working to prevent violence against women. She manages a team that provides high level policy advice and analysis to inform Our Watch’s work to advance prevention policy across the country, including through relationships with all Australian governments.

Emma has made a significant contribution to the evidence base for primary prevention, notably by leading the development of Change the Story: a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. Released in 2015, Change the Story is the world’s first national framework focused on preventing violence against women. Emma also led a follow-up project Changing the Picture (2018), a national resource that focusses specifically on preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. She recently led the development of a second edition of Change the Story (2021) and has overseen publications such as Men in Focus, Tracking Progress in Prevention and the forthcoming resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities, Changing the Landscape.

Prior to her role at Our Watch, Emma worked in a range of government policy and academic research roles and completed a PhD in Indigenous policy.

TasCOSS Members: Free Admission

Details on how to join the Microsoft Teams session will be distributed closer to the date. 

Registration closes 5pm, Wednesday 18 May 2022. For more information, please contact Liam Dunn, Community Services Development Team Leader, on (03) 6169 9510 or email Liam.

Policy Conversations is a free series of events hosted by TasCOSS. Each event includes a briefing on a relevant issue, followed by facilitated discussion.

The Policy Conversations series aims to:

  • Give TasCOSS and the industry an opportunity to share and discuss current state and federal policy issues; and
  • Provide a forum to gather input for the industry’s advocacy work, such as submissions and lobbying.


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