Preventing family violence
Family or domestic violence tasks many forms and occurs when the abuser uses behaviour that is violent, threatening, intimidating, controlling or intended to cause the family member to be fearful. Violence against women is serious, preventable and driven by gender inequality.
The gendered nature of family violence
There are distinct differences in the perpetration and impacts of family violence. The evidence showing that family violence is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men against women. Gender inequality is the core of the problem and is the heart of the solution.
In Australia, women are the victims in 75% of all recorded family violence incidents and routinely under report their experiences. On average, 1 woman is killed every week in Australia by a current or former partner. Women are 5 times more likely than men to require medical attention and 5 times more likely to report fearing for their lives.
While men can be a victim of family violence, evidence shows that men in heterosexual relationships are rarely victims of intimate partner violence.
Children and family violence
Children and young people experience family violence in different ways, and can be affected by family violence if they were not the direct victim.
What drives violence against women?
Despite concerted effort and gains to improve the position of women in Australia, we have not yet achieved true gender equality. Gender inequality is a social condition characterised by unequal value afforded to men and women and an unequal distribution of power, resources and opportunities between them. This has historical roots in laws or policies that formally constrain the rights and opportunities of women.
Our work involves challenging community attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that normalise gender based violence. Addressing this complex social problem requires large-scale effort with the largest possible number of people and organisations to encourage a shift in the way people think and behave.