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South Australia steps up to prevent violence against women and their children

August 8, 2014 / Our Watch media team

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Chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children (the Foundation), Natasha Stott Despoja AM, has applauded South Australia’s four year commitment to prevent violence against women and their children.

South Australia has announced it will join the Commonwealth, Northern Territory, and Victorian Governments in support of the Foundation, an independent, not for profit organisation working to raise awareness and engage the community in action to prevent violence against women and their children.

Ms Stott Despoja said that violence against women should be a priority for all governments.

“We need a national commitment to ending violence that is built upon collaboration across the community and endorsement from all governments,” Ms Stott Despoja said.

“The way we treat men and women, girls and boys is fundamental to addressing violence against women and children.

“We must establish equality between men and women in families, communities, organisations and society as a whole.

“South Australia’s commitment brings us one step closer to ending violence against women,” she said.
The prevalence of domestic violence in Australia cannot be understated:

  • One woman is killed almost every week by a male partner or ex-partner – often while she is trying to leave the relationship.
  • 1 in 3 women experience physical violence and 1 in 5 women experience sexual violence since the age of 15
  • More than a third of women who experienced violence by a previous partner (34%) said that their children had witnessed the violence.

Established in July 2013, the Foundation focusses on strategies that seek to prevent violence before it occurs.
This approach targets the deeply ingrained attitudes, beliefs and distorted values that give rise to men’s violence against women and engages the institutions that reinforce, allow or do not challenge these attitudes.

“Together we can work to end violence against women and their children. It’s time to speak out and take action on Our Watch,” Ms Stott Despoja said.

Media contact

Laurelle Keough (laurelle.keough@ourwatch.org.au or 0448 844 930).

*If you cover this story, or any story regarding violence against women and children, please include the following tagline:

“If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.”

To access guides for reporting about violence against women and their children, visit Media Making Change.

Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.

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Woman holding baby.