Violence against women is a serious and widespread problem in Australia.
But violence against women is also preventable. To prevent violence against women we need to understand it.
Get informed with these key facts on the problem.
Violence against women is any act of gender-based violence that causes or could cause physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of harm or coercion, in public or in private life.
— UN Declaration
In Australia, violence against women is called many different things, including domestic violence, family violence, intimate partner violence, coercive control, workplace sexual harassment, street harassment and sexual assault. Our definition includes all these forms of violence against women.
You can find the full definitions in the glossary of Change the story.
Violence against women takes a profound and long-term toll on women’s health and wellbeing, on families and communities, and on society as a whole.