Understand Family Violence

Family violence is

  • behaviour that is repeated, controlling, threatening and manipulative.
  • occurs between people who have had or are having an intimate relationship or in a family situation.
  • is used by the perpetrator to have power and control over the victim.

Family Violence has no age boundaries.
Family violence is a crime and is unacceptable.
It is not the fault of the victim.
The perpetrator chooses to behave in this manner.

The causes of men’s violence against women are identified as:

  • Gender inequality and unequal power or resources and that their voices, ideas and work are not valued in the same way.
  • Rigid adherence to gender roles – for example, the idea that women and men should act in certain ways or are better at certain things based on their sex.
  • Attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that support violence – for example, the idea that violent acts are ok in certain circumstances, the idea that some violent acts are not serious and that violence is a normal way of resolving conflict.                                   VicHealth, 2007 and WHO as cited in Walden, 2014

Learn more about the dynamics of family violence here.

The CRAF (Common Risk Assessment Framework) Online training is an excellent opportunity to understand Victoria’s referral system for responding to family and men’s violence against women and children.

Understand the impact of Men’s Violence Against Women

One woman dies at the hands of a current or former partner almost every week in Australia.1 Some research suggests this rate is much higher.

One woman in three has experienced physical violence, since the age of 15.2 


Rachel Yeo’s father speaking about the murder of his daughter

Understand why violence against women is a men’s issue

Men are the overwhelming perpetrators of violence against women and it is time men were involved in ending and preventing it. Watch Jackson Katz, founder of Mentors in Violence Prevention explain.

‘Violence against Women – it’s a men’s issue: Jackson Katz