Shine a light on violence against women
Day 1 - what is violence?
"...Violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable." Ban Ki-Moon
Violence against women is a serious issue – in Australia and around the world. In Australia;
- On average, one women is killed each week as a result of domestic violence
- A woman is most likely experience violence by a male partner in her home
- Domestic and family driver is a major driver of homelessness in Australia
- Domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women 15-44
- One in three women have experienced violence
What behaviours do you consider abusive?
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Verbal abuse
- Emotional abuse
Have you ever thought about more discreet types of abuse such as encouraging isolation, or financial deprivation? These are all types of abuse. Australians are less inclined to see non-physical forms of control, intimidation and harassment as 'serious'.
We can stop violence against women!
Research has shown that building greater equality and respect between men and women can reduce attitudes that support violence. Social policy initiatives addressing gender inequity are central to reducing violence against women.
Over the next 16 days, Homelessness Australia will be shining a light on violence against women. We encourage you to get involved in the campaign to help raise awareness and bring about change!
Tomorrow ... we shine a light on ... who is at risk
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