National Community Attitudes Survey Launch

In September 2014 VicHealth launched the findings of the National Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women Survey. The results, though not significantly different to from 2009, highlight the need to build attitudes that will help to put an end to violence against women.

Some good news from the survey is that only 4-6% of people surveyed believe that violence against women can be justified and only a minority believe that it can be excused. There is also a high recognition that partner and sexual violence are against the law, and the majority of individuals believe that violence against women is serious.

The survey also disappointingly highlighted that attitudes around victim blaming and excusing violence still exist. For example up to 1 in 5 think that women bear some responsibility for violence. There are also some concerning results when it comes to attitudes to do with equality between men and women. For example 27% of people think men make better politicians and 19% who think that men should be the head of the household.

The survey results will provide much food for thought, highlighting areas that need focus in our efforts to inform and shift attitudes and behaviours in order to prevent violence against women.

Media advocates Kristy, Jane and Megan were invited to attend the launch of these findings in an official capacity. Kristy spoke alongside an impressive list of special guests including Chief Commissioner Ken Lay, Senator Michaela Cash and Michael Flood. All three advocates were engaged with various print media and television interviews spanning over a total of 2 days, including news coverage on all commercial stations, ABC news, The Project on Network 10, The Herald Sun and The Age.

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