Men can help eliminate domestic violence

A YOUNG Australian woman wakes up and goes about her day.

Her brother, her father and her son love her very much and know that as a woman, she faces challenges they don’t – like feeling unsafe walking home at night, or feeling overlooked at work just because she’s a woman.

Or what it’s like to dread going home, thinking “how will he hurt me today?”.

But it is in their power to acknowledge such a widespread issue, the proof of which is impossible to ignore.

Men need to recognise that a young woman is more likely to be sick or killed as a result of intimate partner violence than as a result of smoking, poor diet or illegal drug use. This appalling fact featured in the new Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) burden of disease study.

Sadly, these figures haven’t changed significantly since VicHealth did its first study on the same subject more than 10 years ago.

Research tells us this violence starts with inequality between women and men. And every man can do something about that.

Working together, we can do so much more to end violence. We can stand up to sexist attitudes and call out disrespect for women when we see it. Every brother, father and son can make a difference to one woman’s day.

Jerril Rechter,

VicHealth chief executive officer

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