In Australia, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. Family violence is a ‘wicked problem’, deeply ingrained in our society, with no one simple solution. It damages the social and economic fabric of communities, as well as the mental and physical health of individual women, men, adolescents and children. Tackling it requires multiple responses by all sectors of the community.
And while over the last decade, we have seen marked investments to address family violence, both in Australia and overseas, we still clearly have a long way to go. Importantly, we need to understand how we can help men stop using violence in their relationships; not just how to protect women once the violence has started.