If you’re experiencing domestic violence, use this information to make a plan that works for you.
How to handle domestic violence
Violence against women can start as an attitude against women. By challenging sexist perspectives in our society, we can go a long way towards preventing domestic violence.
It’s likely that you know someone who is experiencing abuse. By being proactive, you can help ensure your sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend or colleague isn’t exposed to domestic violence.
Whether it’s in the classroom, at the pub, in the office, online, at the football or on a building site, we can all step up and challenge those who abuse, belittle or victimise women. This is what leading US violence prevention advocate Jackson Katz calls the ‘bystander approach.’
As a community, we must take action to prevent and tackle domestic violence. By being silent and turning a blind eye, we effectively allow domestic violence to continue. Take a stand and make a difference by saying “no” to domestic violence. Only then will it end.
“Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. Most societies prohibit such violence – yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned (UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, 2008). ”