Family violence continues to be a driver of gender inequality, including in the areas of employment, participation and financial security. Gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity are key drivers of violence against women. Family and domestic violence is also the leading cause of homelessness for women and children and a significant factor impacting health, inclusion and participation for people with disability.
Family and domestic violence is experienced at disproportionately high rates by Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse women and children, people with disability and people who identify as LGBTIQ+. Technology-facilitated abuse is a form of domestic violence in which abusers control, stalk and harass their victims using technology. For many women, the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with an onset or escalation in frequency and severity of partner violence and abuse. By shining a light on it, it gives people who are suffering, some hope. You are invited to create change during the campaign – to educate, motivate and advocate in your community, and stand up to stop violence against women.
Sadly, the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) found that:
1 in 5 Australians believe domestic violence is a normal reaction to stress, and that sometimes a woman can make a man so angry he hits her without meaning to.
1 in 3 Australians believe that if a woman does not leave her abusive partner then she is responsible for the violence continuing.
2 in 5 Australians would not know where to get outside help for a domestic violence issue. (Source: Webster, K et al. (2018). Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality. Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) (Research report, 03/2018). Sydney, NSW: ANROWS).
There is help available. Allambee Counselling in the Peel Health Hub is just one agency with specialist services for people suffering from family and domestic violence. In the south west Blake Johns (a local mental health social worker specialising in men's health and family violence) presented to year 10 students at South West High Schools a few ago on the topic of assualt and family violence.
In addition, visit some of these website for support and information:
16 Days in WA runs from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to December 10 (Human Rights Day) each year. The campaign takes its inspiration from the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.