Family violence refers to violence between family members such as between partners, siblings, parent and child, and other relatives. It is any behaviour that is physically, sexually, emotionally or psychologically abusive, or threatening. It is behaviour that controls or dominates a family member and makes them fearful.
Gender equality does not mean that women and men are the same. It means that women and men have equal value, treatment and opportunities in society.
Gender equity means making sure that resources, opportunities and decision-making is fair to both men and women. This may result in more resources, opportunities or power of decision-making given to women. Sometimes gender equality and gender equity are thought to mean the same thing. But gender equity are the things that we do to achieve gender equality.
Gender stereotypes are those expectations held by our society about how men and women should behave in public and private life.
Primary prevention includes practices that are used to prevent violence against women before it occurs in the first place. Promoting equality and respect between women and men is a key way to prevent violence against women.
Respect means considering another person’s feelings, wishes and rights.
Secondary prevention includes actions that are used to intervene early when there are early signs of violent behaviour.
Social norms are attitudes held in our society about appropriate and expected behaviour of particular individuals and groups.
Tertiary prevention includes support and treatment for individuals who have experienced violence.
Violence against women
Violence against women is any act of violence that causes harm or suffering to women, including threats or deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.