Everyone has the right to feel safe, to be treated with respect, to be valued and feel accepted for who they are.
The problem in Australia - violence against women facts:
Family violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44 (1)
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Learn about the problem
The basic rights that most men enjoy safety in their home, ability to go out at night, a job free of harassment are a source of fear for women in much of the world. A common myth is that most violence is committed by strangers. In fact women are most at risk from men they know husbands, boyfriends, fathers, relatives, employers and caregivers.
Listen to women and learn from them
The path starts with listening. Who knows better about violence against women than women who experience it? Learn about violence by asking a woman who trusts you how violence has affected her life. Then, if she feels comfortable to talk, sit back and listen.
Challenge sexist language and jokes that degrade women
Sexist jokes and language help create a climate where forms of violence and abuse have too long been accepted. Words that degrade women reflect a society that has historically placed women in a second-class position. One of the most difficult things for men is to learn to challenge other men.
Learn to identify and oppose sexual harassment and violence in your workplace, school and family
Sexual harassment refers to unwanted sexual advances or sexually orientated remarks or behaviour that is unwelcome. Flirting and joking are fine if they are both consensual and wanted.
Learn why some men are violent
Men are not naturally violent. There have been societies with little or no violence. Studies over the past century have found that half of the tribal societies studied had little or no violence against women, against children, or among men. Furthermore, even today, in many countries the majority of men are not physically violent. Violence is something that some men learn. Men's violence is a result of the way many men learn to express what it means "to be a man" and how they abuse power in their relationships with women, children and other men.
1. (VicHealth Burden of Disease Report 2004)
2.(Australian Bureau of Statistics Personnel Safety Survey 2006)
3.(National Homicide Monitoring Scheme Australian Institute of Criminology)