PiP Network Meeting Notes, Wednesday 12 November 2014

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At this meeting DVRCV launched the new and  exciting PiP website and Jacinta Masters was welcomed into the role of Prevention Officer at DVRCV for the next 12 months.  Presentations were heard by Violeta Politoff, Senior Project Officer at VicHealth on the National Community Attitudes Survey 2014 and DVRCV’s Sharon Simon presented the new PiP website.

Violeta Politoff, Senior Project Officer, VicHealth presented a summary of the ‘Australians’ attitudes to violence against women: 2013 National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women (NCAS) (Click here for a copy of the presentation)

The presentation highlighted both encouraging results and areas for concern across five research areas: knowledge of violence against women (VAW), attitudes towards VAW, attitudes towards gender roles and relationships, responses to witnessing violence, knowledge of resources, and factors influencing knowledge and attitudes.

Violeta highlighted some key considerations in the measurement of attitudes, specifically around the social influences that may affect the study results by influencing community attitudes. For instance the increased media reporting of VAW.

Key concerns identified that there was a statistically significant increase (3 in 10 in 2009 to more than 4 in 10 in 2013) in the numbers of  Australians agreeing that rape results from men not being able to control their need for sex. Another concern of statistical significance was identified where 28 per cent of participants supported male dominance in relationships.

Violeta highlighted that data shows attitudes improving while at the same time VAW supportive attitudes are getting worse. For instance, there are better attitudes in the workplace, while simultaneously there is a high degree of male youth decision making in relationships. NCAS report specific to young people will be released in March 2015 (watch this space).

Q: Question querying the data on youth male decision making. As people draw back on life experiences to answer questions, decision making is informed by different experiences, how can the study capture  youth life experiences in their assessment of their attitudes given their age?

A: Because youth are likely to focus on stereotypes in responding to the survey and they are also impacted by the family home.

Q: Queried the data comparisons between the 2009 NCAS and 2014 NCAS?

A:  Logistic regression analysis. Violeta to seek clarification and to feedback to PiP member at a later date.

Q: Are there any new or expanded questions?

A: Yes, some similar questions have been collapsed so that there is room for new questions.

Q: Is there any other study to compare these findings to?

A: Not at present given the difference in survey structure/questions

To access a copy of the report summary, NCAS report, or full technical report click here.

Sharon Simon, PiP Coordinator at DVRCV officially launched the PiP website

Sharon identified that the new PiP website was built to overcome the bottlenecks and inefficiencies of the previous PiP blog. Sharon noted that the blog was increasingly difficult to navigate through and there was resources being lost and/or underutilised due to the lay out of the blog.

Sharon stated the the site is built around the previous PiP blog however it’s much more user friendly, allocating resources into categories, archiving meetings and blog posts and so on.

Sharon went through each page of the site, however focusing heavily on the Resources page, which includes: Key Documents, Best Practice, Evaluation, Curriculum, Multimedia Tools, Activities and toolkits, Case Studies, PiP Meeting Archive, PiP bulletin archive, Respectful relationships education map, Prevention training, and Wiki PiP.

Sharon welcomed case studies as an effective way to promote and share your program curriculum.

To add resources to the website please email the Prevention Coordinator.

Acknowledgement of country

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