Violence against women is preventable and Gender equality is the key to ending violence.
Women’s Health Loddon Mallee work towards ending violence against women in the Loddon Mallee Region by addressing the underlying determinants of violence against women, which are centred around power and gender inequality.
Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Australian women aged 18-44 years. Violence against women has significant, wide ranging, long term impacts on the health and wellbeing of women and children, families and communities.
Violence against women is driven by inequality, the four main contributing factors are:
- Condoning of violence against women
- Men’s control of decision-making and limits to women’s independence in public and private life
- Rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
- Male peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women
These areas are addressed through the promotion of gender equality.