Since the age of 15, 1 in 6 Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner. Additionally, 1 in 4 Australian women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.
Everyone is affected by family and domestic violence. We acknowledge that both men and women experience violence. We know that not all men are violent towards their partners, and not all men encourage abuse of power. However, predominately, the majority of perpetrators of violence are men against women. Additionally, women are more at risk of experiencing violence, both physical and sexual, at the hands of someone they know; this speaks volumes to the way in which women are viewed.
Eliminating violence against women and children will take the efforts of men and women, working together to address inequality and discrimination.
“Although violence against women is prevalent and serious, it is also preventable. A number of factors contribute to violence against women. Research shows that significant drivers of the problem are:
- The unequal distribution of power and resources between men and women,
- An adherence to rigidly defined gender roles and identities”.
In order to reduce family and domestic violence, and violence against women it is imperative that we address the gender inequality ingrained throughout society.
Below you will find resources that can be used to assist individuals, small groups and congregations engage in the prevention of violence family and domestic violence, and violence against women.
Just Salvos recommends that leaders who wish to use the following resources in a meeting should provide a trigger warning. A trigger warning is a statement at the start of a piece of writing or video that alerts the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material.
- Congregation Prayers - available here, here and here.
- Fact Sheets - The Lookout & a Just Salvos booklet
- Video Resources - this 3 minutes video summarises the findings from the 2013 report on attitudes to gender equality and violence against women. Watch it here
- Video Resources - Our friends at Salvos Studios have put together this beautiful piece of vision for the upcoming White Ribbon Day on the 25th of November. Watch it here
While many of us are not social workers of practitioners, there are still steps we can take to educate ourselves regarding violence towards women and the family.
- There are different forms of family & domestic violence.
- This Just Salvos pamphlet discusses difference forms of violence against women
- Read up on myths regarding family & domestic violence
- Familiarise yourself with this list of referral services. Available here
What can you do if you suspect someone is experiencing family and domestic violence?
- If there is an emergency or you think someone is in immediate danger, call 000.
- Maintain your safety at all times.
- Provide support and a listening ear. For more information on how to support someone experiencing violence visit 1800 Respect
- Keep a list of referral services handy. Available here.
- Challenge sexist behaviour when you see it.
- Participate in the White Ribbon Day march. See this site for a list of locations.
- Sign the White Ribbon Oath
Ongoing Resources and Further Information
- Video - Violence Against Women, it's a Men's Issue. This video discusses gender based violence and the helpful ways in which men can respond. Watch it here.
- 1800 Respect is a helpful website for information on sexual violence
- The VicHealth website provides helpful information
- DVRCR is a helpful site for health practitioners
- White Ribbon is helpful site for prevention and community based material
- School curriculum on healthy relationships available here
- This document provides a safetly plan for women experiencing violence.