FAMILY & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
To all our sisters, our mothers, our children and our friends. You are irreplaceable, and we will not stay silent. Ending five violence against women and children is everybody’s business.
- one woman or week is killed by a partner or former partner
- a woman is more likely to be killed in her own home and by her male partner
- one in three women over the age of 15 has experienced physical violence
- more than half the women have children in their care
- domestic violence is a key cause of homelessness for women
- violence contributes to more death, disability and illness in women (15 to 44 years) than any other preventable risk
Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality. It can be defined as a pattern of behaviour to gain or maintain power and control. NCSMC acknowledges the high coexistence of domestic violence and child abuse and the inter-relationship between violence and financial hardship.
The Attorney General commissioned an extensive review of the family law and the findings were consistent, disturbing and echoed the experiences of women who contact NCSMC. The recurring themes were:
- The failure of the socio legal environment to protect women and children often resulting in continued abuse and violence.
- A fragmented system that allowed vulnerable women and children to fall through the gaps.
- A culture of trivialising violence and or disbelief of allegations
- Inadequate investigation of domestic violence and or child abuse,
- Legally sanctioned processes and avenues that aided the perpetrator
- Barriers that impede women’s capacity to protect self and child (ren).