Awareness and understanding abuse: Raising awareness about and tackling violence against Women

Abuse is about power and control and the choices made to misuse ones power, where one person is dominating and controlling of the other. People who are at the highest risk for abuse are those who rate their partner high in dominance and rate themselves high in avoidance, low in assertiveness and low in self-confidence.

Facts About Abuse:
Researchers believe that around one in four Australian women will experience domestic violence at time in their life. Although domestic violence can effect anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status or their racial or cultural background, women who are young, Indigenous, have a disability, or who live in rural areas are at greater risk.

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. It’s vision is to ensure all women live in safety free from all forms of men’s violence.

Find help: White Ribbon is a primary prevention campaign – that is, they work to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of the support services below:

There are national and state-based agencies that can assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
  • Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State (24 hours)
    131 114
  • Police or Ambulance
    000 in an emergency for police or ambulance.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of the support services.

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