Busting The Myths to Change the Story

The shared vision of Busting The Myths is ‘to ensure that women’s lived experience of violence validates and reinforces the current theory driving efforts across Victoria and Australia to prevent violence against women’.

The ‘Busting the Myths’ project captures the stories of seven women and their experience of men’s violence. The project is a partnership with Women’s Health East Speaking Out Advocates Program & EDVOS, and it highlights how these women’s lived experiences expose and challenge some of the most commonly held social myths about violence against women.

This first video is a compilation of a small portion of the stories these women have shared. Even in this short 10 minute snapshot it is clear that the foundations of these myths are built upon, and thrive on, entrenched social structures, beliefs and behaviours that drive gender inequality, and which in general go unnoticed and unchallenged by society.

How to use the video

This resource has been developed for use by our partners and beyond, and we do encourage broader dissemination where appropriate. We do however ask that the video be shared thoughtfully to respect the courage and generosity of the seven women in the video.

We encourage you to use the video as a part of any training, education and presentations on prevention of violence against women and gender equality. We also encourage you to disseminate the video more broadly through newsletters and other mechanisms to increase the exposure of the resource. Please get in touch if you use the video to let us know how it was received and if you have any feedback.

We ask that you please include the following reference and links when sharing the video:

‘Produced by the Outer East Primary Care Partnership in partnership with Women’s Health East & EDVOS. Find out more about ‘Busting The Myths’ at oehcsa.org.au/portals/btm’

Next steps

Many more hours of footage are available covering the ‘myths’ of:

  • Women are to blame
  • The legal system protects women
  • The media hold perpetrators accountable
  • Family violence is a private matter


This project was initiated in 2015 by the Consumer Reference Group (CRG) of the Outer East Primary Care Partnership (OEPCP). The CRG members and OEPCP staff engaged Women’s Health East (WHE) as a partner and they supported two women from their Speaking Out Media Advocates program to become involved on the project team.

The Speaking Out program provides training and support for women that enables them to share their personal experiences of family violence and/or sexual assault. WHE coordinate The Speaking Out program in partnership with Eastern Domestic Violence Services (EDVOS) and Eastern Health’s Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault (ECASA).

In total, seven women engaged in the Speaking Out Program participated in this project, which included a planning session in March 2017 to seek input and ideas to inform the development of a detailed project plan.

The filming day was held in May 2017, with the round table discussion and interviews facilitated by the EDVOS staff member. A graphic recorder was also present on the day to capture the discussions in a visual format (see below).