Communities can and must support boys in developing positive attitudes toward women and equip them with better ways of dealing with conflict.
Men and boys are also impacted by the violence against women around them, so education will clearly benefit society as a whole.
Government hosts an on-going campaign to voice our anger against violence against women and children.
We have to find ways of making our homes and communities safe for all, especially for women and children.
Violence against women takes many forms - physical, sexual, economic, psychological - but all of these represent a violation of human dignity and human rights and have lasting consequences both for women themselves and for their communities.
Research shows that domestic violence against women remains widespread and under-reported, and that victims of violence are not effectively supported by public services.The impact of violence on women of reproductive age also has strong implications for their children.In Australia, 36% of women who reported experiencing violence said it occurred when they were pregnant, and 18% experienced it for the first time during pregnancy.University of Tasmania provides funding as a member of The Conversation AU.The Conversation UK receives funding from these organisations View the full list Gender-based violence is condemned by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.They also tend to attempt suicide more often than the general population.And a recent Australian study found that women who suffered multiple types of violence had up to a 90% lifetime risk of mental disorders.However, assuming violence is a private issue poses a number of dilemmas.It allows us to dismiss the problem as a series of isolated incidents committed by “bad apples”.But over one third of the violence experienced by women occurs in their home and most of it is perpetrated by someone they know.Many factors contribute to our tolerance of such violence.