Why focus on men’s violence against women?
All genders can experience sexual assault and family violence. Violence against any person is unacceptable.
But men and women tend to face different types of violence. Men are at greater risk of violence from a stranger in a public place. Women are at greater risk of violence in their home. Women are also at greater risk of violence from someone they know.
National research shows that approximately a third of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a male they know.
Research shows that women experience violence from men at a much higher rate. The research also shows that, on average, the effects are more severe for women than for men.
Women are far more likely than men to:
- experience ongoing violence
- need medical help
- fear for their lives
- be murdered.
This is why the 16 Days Activist Challenge focuses on men’s violence against women. This is also why the Challenge seeks to highlight and share:
- information about what causes men’s violence against women
- the actions to take to prevent and finally end this violence.
Download Act to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women: A Guide for Community Action to read more about:
- the forms and effects of men’s violence against women
- how it can be prevented.
What is the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence?
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to:
- raise awareness
- advocate for women
- take action to end violence against women.
The campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December.
25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 10 December is International Day for Human Rights.
Do campaigns like this really help?
Yes! There is no single ‘right way’ or ‘right place’ to take action to end violence against women. We need to take a range of actions across all areas of society.
Public campaigns are crucial because they:
- raise awareness
- start important conversations in our community
- support community advocacy.
The 16 Days Activist Challenge is important because it challenges myths and assumptions about gender, and violence against women.
But public campaigns are only part of the solution. We encourage you to expand your activism and continue it beyond the campaign.
We have developed some great tips to do that here!
What if I know someone who has or is experiencing family violence? Or what if I need help myself?
If you know someone who has or is experiencing family violence:
- take their fears seriously
- refer them to support services
- take care of yourself as well.
There is information on the Help section of this website. If it is an emergency call 000. If it’s not an emergency you can call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188, or visit the 1800 RESPECT website.
If you are concerned about your own safety, contact the police on 000. Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for support, information and counselling services.
You have a right to feel safe and there are people who can help you.