Freedom from Violence Action Group
Organised by the Freedom from Violence Action Group, the G21 Month of Action aims to create awareness around violence against women, and encourages individuals, groups and organisations to stand up and take action to prevent it.
The Month of Action runs throughout November, and involves multiple agencies in the G21 region collaborating to present a range of activities designed to help people show their commitment in eliminating violence against women.
In an emergency, call
Zena Women's Services (Domestic Violence Outreach & Support Service) Ph. 5224 2903
Victoria police on 000
Why is it a problem?
- The overwhelming majority of violence and abuse against women in intimate relationships is perpetrated by men whom women know and often in homes or environments they share
- Nearly one in five women have been exposed to sexual assault since the age of 15
- In Australia intimate partner homicides account for one-fifth of all homicides, and four out of five involve a man killing his female partner
- It is estimated that domestic violence against women and children costs the Australian economy $13.6 billion and that if action is not taken to prevent violence , the sum will increase to $15.6 billion per year by 2021
- 71% of reported cases of violence against women shows the perpetrator was known to the victim
- 98% of violence cases are perpetrated by men against women worldwide
- Violence affects 1 in 3 women aged 15-44
- 29% of women have experiences physical violence and 17% sexual assault
- 57% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a man
What is the long term consequence of violence against women?
- Largest cause of death, disability and illness for women aged 15-44
- Victims of violence have been shown to have higher prevalence rates of mental health issues, drug abuse etc
- High cost to the community socially and economically
What are the known causes of Violence against Women?
- Unequal power relations between women and men
- Adherence to rigid gender stereotypes
- Broader cultures of violence
What can you do?
- Promote gender equality and equal and respectful relationships between men and women
- Create a respectful organisational culture
- Train staff and raise awareness about the issue of violence against women
- Develop workplace policies and procedures that support women impacted by violence
- Seek advice from trade unions, violence prevention and gender-equality experts if required
- Partner with workplaces in Australia and overseas that are also involved in the prevention of violence against women to share and learn from experiences and build commitment
- Build respectful and non-violent relationships with others
- Boycott and resist sexist and violence-supportive culture
- Question your own attitudes - understand how your own attitudes might perpetrate sexismm and violence
- Become a member of the G21 Freedom From Violence action Group
- Support the G21 Month of Action
- Sign the G21 Accord to Prevent and End Violence Against Women
Concerned friend / relative
- Offer support to the woman that you think may at risk / experiencing violence
- Learn why some men are violent and look for signs in your friend / relatives relationships
Health Promotion Officer, Barwon Health
For reference material on the nature of the problem nationally, link to: "Time for Action: The National Council's Plan for Australia to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2009–2021 - A Snapshot" report, by the National Council to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children.