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Tackling family violence and gender inequality

VCOSS submission to Senate Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality3 May 2016  |  

One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and one in three have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15. Family violence causes serious social, economic and health consequences for women, their children, and the broader community. This submission makes recommendations for preventing and responding effectively to family violence, and for addressing gender equality more broadly. 

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SUBMISSION

Tackling family violence and gender inequality

19 April 2016  |  

Family violence devastates families and communities across Australia. One in six Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence and one in three have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15.1 Family violence causes serious social, economic and health consequences for women, their children, and the broader community. Family violence is gendered in nature, overwhelmingly being perpetrated by men against women.2 Gender inequality and a belief in rigid gender roles are key determinants of violence against women, along with attitudes, behaviours, practices and systems that justify, excuse, trivialise or downplay violence against women. The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Federal Parliament’s Inquiry into Domestic Violence and Gender Inequality. In this submission VCOSS uses the term family violence, rather than domestic violence. This reflects our understanding that family violence is a broader term, encompassing violence between family members, as well as violence between intimate partners, and is particularly relevant in the context of Aboriginal women and children.

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Landmark family violence report a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence

30 March 2016  |  

The Victorian Council of Social Service has said the report delivered by the Royal Commission into Family Violence is “a landmark moment and a turning point in addressing the scourge of family violence in Victoria”.

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