Violence against women and their children is a serious issue in Australia and the statistics are concerning: nearly one in four women has experienced violence from a current or former partner, boyfriend, girlfriend or date and one in four young people is prepared to excuse violence from a partner.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November is an important annual occasion for people to reflect on what they can do to help stop violence against women—before it even starts.
The highly effective Stop it at the Start campaign continues to change the way we understand the link between disrespect and violence against women. The campaign calls on adults to reflect on their own attitudes, and consciously make an effort to discuss respect with the young people in their lives.
Current campaign advertising and supporting activities encourage communities to ask themselves—could we be teaching our children disrespect? It shows how young people can misinterpret words and actions, and how small changes can make a big difference.
To support the Indian community to continue this important conversation, online tools have been developed and are available in many languages on the campaign website. These tools include actionable steps so adults can role model positive behaviours and have conversations with young people about respect.
Resources available on https://www.respect.gov.au/resources/cald-materials/ and https://www.respect.gov.au/community/translated-community-resources/ are free.
For more information, such as research, background information, frequently asked questions and more about the issue, please visit www.respect.gov.au
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au