Key Terms in the Prevention of Violence Against Women

People working to prevent violence against women use a range of specific phrases, acronyms and terms. Many of these terms are similar, have overlapping meanings and are often used interchangeably, depending on the context.

This glossary will help people understand and distinguish between some of these key terms.

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The definitions outlined in this resource should not replace academic definitions, but are intended to help clarify the use of these terms in the Victorian prevention of violence against women sector.

Something missing?

We acknowledge that preventing violence against women is an evolving practice, and the key terms outlined in the glossary are not exhaustive. We welcome your suggestions of any terms or phrasing that may be useful to add to this guide. Please email [email protected] with your ideas.


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