Family violence is a terrible problem in our society:
- On average, 1 woman is killed every 9 days by her current or former partner
- On average, 8 women are hospitalised every day after being assaulted by their partner
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner
- People with disability are nearly twice as likely as people without disability to have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner in the last year.
And that’s only some of the stats.
Why is this happening?
You might also be surprised to learn that the main drivers of family violence are gender inequality, discrimination and marginalisation.
That means things like sexist jokes, racist comments, homophobic attitudes, discrimination and financially controlling another person drive family violence. These behaviours don’t necessarily make a person violent. But they do create the culture that enables and supports violence.
Respect Victoria acknowledges the important work of the sector in addressing this culture and reflects on the delivery of recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
How do we stop it?
By building a culture of respect for all Victorians, no matter their gender, age, sexuality or cultural background. We do this by engaging Victorians in community campaigns.
But we can’t do it all at once.