Violence is not a victims’ problem

  • 1 woman is killed every 9 days by a partner (AIHW 2019),
  • On average, 8 Australian women are hospitalized every day after being assaulted by their spouse or partner (AIHW 2018),
  • 1 in 6 Australian women are physically and/or sexually abused before the age of 15 (ABS 2016),
  • 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or non-partner sexual violence (WHO 2017), and
  • For Australian women aged 25–44, family, domestic and sexual violence causes more illness, disability and premature death than any other risk factor (AIHW 2018).
  1. It obscures the role of male actors and men’s use of violence,
  2. It minimizes personal and societal accountability for the behavior and its prevalence,
  3. It reinforces gender stereotypes of women needing protection (instead of men being responsible for and changing their behavior),
  4. It perpetuates victim blaming by centralizing female victims as the subject of sexual, domestic and family violence, leading to questions of “Was she drunk?” “What was she wearing?” “Why didn’t she leave?”
  5. It only addresses violence after the harm has been done,
  6. It reinforces hetero-normative understandings of intimate relationships, and
  7. It conceals male victims’ experiences.
Our Watch — Change the story: A shared framework for the primary prevention of violence
  • ‘men’s use of sexual or physical against their intimate partners impacts one in three women worldwide’
  • ‘men’s use of violence in intimate, domestic and family settings causes Australian women aged 25–44 more illness, disability and premature death than any other risk factor”

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Childhood sexual abuse/domestic violence Survivor Advocate. Thought leader & change agent focused on reducing violence in intimate, domestic & family settings.

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