Addressing Violence Against Women in the Home: How Far Have We Come? How Far to Go?
Family Matters, Vol. 37, pp. 86-93
8 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2009 Last revised: 20 Jun 2018
Date Written: 1994
One of the priority issues identified by the National Council for the International Year of the Family is the need to tackle family violence and abuse. This article, the second of three articles focusing on family violence in this issue of Family Matters, examines violence against women in the home. It was prepared by the author for the Office of the Status of Women. Issues addressed include definitions of violence against women, incidence, the under reporting of domestic violence, and causes of, or contributing factors to violence such as the nature of Australian society and its attitudes, alcohol abuse and the attitudes of police, doctors, judges, lawyers, social workers and ministers of religion. Next, the author reviews what measures have been taken to ameliorate the situation and what work remains to be done. Areas discussed include legislative changes covering domestic violence; marital rape and family law; public education and changing attitudes; mediation; support services for survivors including women from hard to reach groups such as women from non English speaking backgrounds, women in remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women; perpetrator programs; monitoring research; data collection; and education and training for practitioners.
Keywords: family violence, abuse, domestic violence
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