Violence against women
Many people are shocked to learn that violence – in all its forms – is widespread in our society and how serious its effects are on the lives of women and their children. Violence against women is common, but it is also preventable.
Violence against women is disturbingly widespread in Australia. In Victoria, community surveys indicate that one in three women have experienced physical violence and one in five have been sexually assaulted.Learn more
In Victoria, family violence is the biggest cause of early death, disability and illness in women between the ages of 15 and 44. It is also the main contributor to depression and anxiety in women.Learn more
Violence and abuse can make you feel helpless by disconnecting you from society, family and friends and by making you feel that the violence is deserved. However, help and support are available to help you overcome these feelings and get back in control.Learn more
Sexual violence affects women across all age groups, and from all cultural, racial and economic backgrounds, including women with disabilities, lesbians and transgender women. Sexual assault is more widespread than many people realise.Learn more
Impacts of child sexual assault
While all women may experience new or mixed feelings during pregnancy and when becoming a parent, victim/survivors of child sexual assault may find some of their experiences during this time can serve as direct or indirect reminders of the assault.Learn more
Bullying can range from mild teasing through to more serious abuse.When bullying is mild it can be hard to describe to other people. However, it can be so threatening and physical that you're too fearful to talk about it or to take action.Learn more
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