Responding to violence against women
Responding to violence against women is about knowing how to support people currently experiencing or perpetrating violence against women or family violence. Find out more below.
Resources for churches
- SAFER: A resource to help Australian churches understand, identify, and respond to domestic and family violence, Common Grace.
- Ending domestic abuse: A pack for churches, Restored.
Understanding family violence and violence against women
- Understanding family violence, Safe Steps.
- Red flags of family violence, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. Infographic of factors that indicate if someone is at increased risk of fatal harm.
- Technology-facilitated abuse: The new breed of domestic violence, ABC News (2017).
Healthy Relationship quiz
Is something not right in your relationship? Are you worried about yourself or someone close to you? These online quizzes by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria can help you figure out if things aren’t what they should be.
- ‘Are you being abused?’ quiz.
- ‘Is it love or control?’ quiz.
Support for someone experiencing family violence
- Gathering support safety booklet for women, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. This booklet includes comprehensive information on keeping safe if you’re separating, how the law can help, technology safety advice and safety planning.
- Is someone you know being abused in a relationship?, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria. A guide for families, friends and neighbours. This booklet comes in different languages.
Preventing violence against women
Knowing how to respond when women are experiencing violence is the first step.
However, our action must not stop here. As the Church, we are called to seek healing and restoration in our communities. We are called to stop the injustice of violence before it starts.
This is where primary prevention comes in. It is about zooming out and asking the big questions: Why is violence against women happening on such a large scale – and how do we address it?
Although there is no single cause of violence against women, the latest national and international evidence shows there are certain factors that consistently predict – or drive – higher levels of such violence. And they are all about gender inequality.
Learn more about the ways in which gender equality creates a social environment that enables and excuses violence against women and what you can do about it through the resources below.
- Bystander Action: Shifting the culture that drives violence against women through small, courageous actions in daily life.
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne’s Preventing Violence Against Women Program
- Short video: It’s time to act, Our Watch.
- Disturbing Australian attitudes towards violence against women and gender equality uncovered in new research, University of New South Wales, Sydney.
- The excuse interpreter: Discover the hidden meanings of common expressions that can excuse disrespectful behaviour towards girls.
- Building respect and equity among young children tip sheet series.
- The respect checklist: A practical checklist to help parents and family members identify some important aspects of respect to talk about with children.
- RECOMMENDED: The Man Box, Jesuit Social Services.
- 9 Tips for Parents raising sons to embrace healthy, positive masculinity, Plan International Australia, Jesuit Social Services and PROMUNDO.
- A mighty girl, The world’s largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls.
- Men: How to make a difference to gender equality, Diversity Council of Australia (2017).
- Redefining what it means to be a man, White Ribbon Australia.
- Ted Talk: Violence against women: It’s a men’s issue.
- Short video: The Man Prayer.
- Challenging your friends’ behaviour, White Ribbon Australia.
- Short video: How to call out offensive or sexist behaviour, White Ribbon Australia.