Data report reveals an uncomfortable truth

Until now, the Personal Safety Survey has been the primary data on violence in Australia. It is a detailed data set, but it relies on people’s memories and perceptions of the violence they have experienced and what they are willing or able to share with people conducting the survey. These responses provide a good indication of … More Data report reveals an uncomfortable truth

Anglicans step up domestic violence training for clergy

By Em Timmins Just five short years ago, it was incredibly rare to see anything in the news about domestic violence. It’s a relief to hear also gender inequality acknowledged at the highest levels within faith organisations, such as the Anglican Church, as a cause and a consequence of violence against women. I asked Dr … More Anglicans step up domestic violence training for clergy

Domestic and sexual violence not gender neutral – wake up!

When it comes to evidence about violence against women, it amazes me how people make a bad habit of rejecting the ‘gender’ part to fit their own beliefs. Although there is no single cause, evidence shows certain factors consistently predict higher levels of violence against women. Along with stereotypical gender roles, relations and identities, these factors include disrespect for women, … More Domestic and sexual violence not gender neutral – wake up!

Culture – no excuse for violence against women

I recently helped to plan a National Summit, organised by the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health, seeking to raise awareness about the impact of dowry related domestic violence on victims, their families and the wider community in Australia and to explore the legal recourse for victims. Dowry, a centuries-old custom which is practised across the … More Culture – no excuse for violence against women