CARE Partnership

Collective Action for Respect and Equality (CARE) in the Loddon Mallee

The Loddon Mallee CARE Partnership aims to connect, align and support organisations, clubs and community groups in their commitment to forwarding gender equality in their communities and preventing violence against women.

CARE stands for Collective Action for Respect and Equality. CARE was established in 2020 by WHLM to build workforce capacity and support organisations in the region to engage in activities and initiatives that, collectively, contribute to the primary prevention of violence against women.

There are currently over 30 CARE partner organisations in the Loddon Mallee region, and new partners are welcome to join at any time.

Join The CARE Partnership

All interested organisations, clubs, and community groups in the Loddon Mallee are invited to join the CARE partnership. Preventing violence against women is everyone’s business, and we all have role to play.

Complete the online form to become a CARE Partner

Alternatively, if you prefer to complete the EOI in a WORD document please contact us and we will send this to you via email or post.

CARE Newsletter

Sign up to receive regular updates about the CARE Partnership, upcoming professional development opportunities and PVAW work being undertaken in the Loddon Mallee.

CARE Strategy 2023-2027

The CARE Strategy guides the work of CARE Partners in supporting the CARE Partnership.

Partners are encouraged to consider which of the goals and objectives align best with their work, and to embed their contributions to the Strategy within their own organisational plans.

Read the CARE Strategy here:

Frequently Asked Questions

About CARE

CARE stands for Collective Action for Respect and Equality. CARE was established in 2020 by Women’s Health Loddon Mallee to build workforce capacity and support organisations in the region to engage in activities and initiatives that collectively contribute to the primary prevention of violence against women. There are over 30 CARE partner organisations and new partners are welcome at any time.

What is WHLM’s Role In The CARE Partnership?

WHLM is the regional women’s health service for communities across north-west Victoria. We hold the backbone role in the CARE Partnership, which means we coordinate, administrate, and support collaborative spaces for primary prevention action, connection and learning in the Loddon Mallee.

Our vision is to achieve gender equality by addressing gender inequities and the determinants of women’s health through leadership, advocacy, working in partnership, and supporting multi sectoral cultural and systemic change.

What is the purpose of the CARE Partnership?

The CARE Partnership purpose is to grow and sustain a coordinated multi-sectoral approach for primary prevention of violence against women across the Loddon Mallee region. Our goal is a region free from gendered violence where communities actively champion gender equality. CARE ensures that organisations keep gender equality on the agenda and provides support to do so.

Why join the CARE Partnership?

  • When you become champions of gender equality in your local communities it contributes to the prevention of violence against women in the wider region, state, and nationally.
  • Through regular access to specialist knowledge, training, newsletters, resources, and support you can build staff capacity and confidence to make the changes required for more equal, safe, and inclusive workplaces or community settings.
  • You will have a platform to share your skills, knowledge, and resources with others in the region, at CARE Conversation events and through Communities of Practice.
  • You will contribute to regional primary prevention progress and build your place-based progress data for primary prevention.

What type of primary PVAW initiatives can CPOs engage in through the CARE Partnership?

  • WHLM training workshops to build knowledge, skills, and confidence to make change
  • CARE Conversation events
  • Region wide PVAW Community of Practice
  • 16 Days of Activism region wide campaign

We already partner with WHLM and other organisations across the Loddon Mallee Region in family violence prevention networks. Does that mean our organisation is already part of the CARE Partnership

No. While family violence prevention networks may join the CARE Partnership as a community group, individual organisations within those networks must join separately for the organisation to be part of the CARE Partnership. To join the CARE Partnership please fill out the EOI form.

How Do We Join?

Organisations can join the CARE Partnership by completing an EOI form.

EOI forms can be completed online or downloaded from the WHLM website and emailed to us at reception@whlm.org.au.

For any queries, please contact WHLM at reception@whlm.org.au or phone: 5443 0233

What Happens After We Join The CARE Partnership?

  • A leadership meeting will be scheduled to orient organisation leaders and key contacts to the CARE Partnership and connect with WHLM CEO and PVAW staff.
  • CARE Partner leaders sign onto the CARE Statement of Commitment and nominate at least two CARE contacts who will work in partnership with WHLM
  • CARE Partners receive a CARE orientation kit
  • WHLM support and work with CARE Partner Organisations (CPOs) to engage in, plan, or implement primary PVAW initiatives.

Join the CARE Partnership

Preventing violence against women is everyone’s business, and we all have role to play.

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee invite community groups, organisations and clubs in the Loddon Mallee region to join the CARE Partnership and take part in collective action to prevent violence against women before it starts.