Gender-based violence (GBV) is violence directed at an individual based on biological sex, gender identity or socially defined norms of masculinity and femininity.
Women are disproportionately affected, as are those who identify as LGBTIQA+, women of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait background or those with a disability.
All violence is wrong but there are distinct differences:
- Both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of a man.
- 95% of all victims of violence in Australia reported a male perpetrator
- Men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places
- Women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home.
To help you understand more about the prevalence of gender-based violence check out the Our Watch website.
Violence can take many forms and all are unacceptable. To find out more about the various forms of violence or harm go to our Speak Up website.
Watch this video from Vic Health to see some of common myths about violence against women:
Change the Story
Violence against women is also preventable if we all work together to change culture and behaviours. Watch this video from Our Watch to understand the link between violence and gender inequality and how we can all help to 'Change The Story':
Change the Course Report and Respect. Now. Always.
At the request of Universities Australia and their 'Respect. Now. Always.' initiative, in 2016 the Australian Human Right Commission conducted a national independent survey of university students on the prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian Universities.
This resulted in the ‘Change the Course’ report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, which you can access here.
At La Trobe, we are taking action on the key recommendations of the Change the Course report, and you can follow our progress here.