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Why Prevention Matters


“Prevention creates a climate of awareness and knowledge, directed towards stopping the initial occurrence before it happens by increasing healthy, positive cultures and behaviours”.

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One in three Australian women have experienced physical abuse, since the age of 15.

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One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.

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One in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence.

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One in four Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

Women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives. Of those women who experience violence, more than half have children in their care.

There is growing evidence that women with disabilities are more likely to experience violence.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience both far higher rates and more severe forms of violence compared to other women.

Young women (18 – 24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups.

Violence against women is not limited to the home or intimate relationships. Every year in Australia, over 300,000 women experience violence – often sexual violence – from someone other than a partner.

Eight in ten women aged 18 to 24 were harassed on the street in the past year.

Prevention of Family Violence

“Children’s understanding of gender forms from an early age, with evidence of gender prejudice and discrimination starting as early as preschool.”

“There is growing understanding about the value of investing in prevention strategies focused on children and young people, and in the settings, that have greatest influence on their development—such as schools and home visitation programs.”

Continuing to develop into adolescence and early adulthood. Helping children and young people to develop attitudes to gender that support healthy relationships early, offers great potential for driving cultural change.

Prevention of Social Exclusion

“Social exclusion may result from unemployment, discrimination, stigmatisation and other factors. Poverty; culture and language; and prejudices based on race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, refugee status or other forms of discrimination limit opportunity and participation, cause psychological damage and harm health through long-term stress and anxiety…

Social exclusion can damage relationships and increase the risk of disability, illness and social isolation. Additionally, disease and ill health can be products of, and contribute to social exclusion.”

1 in 4 young Australians currently experience some form of mental illness or disorder.

It’s estimated that 1 in 7 school-age children has a mental health problem, like anxiety, depression and behaviour problems, but only 1 in 4 gets the help they need.

A third of deaths among young men aged between 15-24 years are due to suicide, while twice as many young women aged 15-19 years died by suicide in 2015

25% of young people experienced unfair treatment or discrimination in the past year

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