Why should women get involved in talking about domestic violence when the majority of it involves men’s violence against women? It’s the attitude of men that needs to change – so how is this a female issue?
How does it relate to you, if you’re lucky enough to be in a stable and safe relationship?
Because one woman in Australia is murdered every week by her partner or former partner. Many more are physically harmed. And even more suffer financial, emotional and verbal abuse.
Every one of us is a parent, relative or friend of someone affected by men’s violence against women – even though we might not know it.
We need to understand the signs, and we need to understand the men.
A lot of us are raising boys who need to also know the signs, and what to do if they, or their mates, are not coping in a relationship.
So, if women don’t get involved in the conversation, Australia has no hope in stopping the fatal epidemic we face. That’s something which White Ribbon Australia is addressing. WRA is a national organisation committed to ending men’s violence against women.
For too long, society blamed women for men’s behaviour; what a woman wore, how much she’d had to drink, was she alone in public after dark, did she make him angry?