The relationships we have with our husbands, wives, partners and families are an important part of our lives. Sadly, many women and children are abused, intimidated or degraded by their partners or family members. This is known as family violence and is used to control and dominate another person.
Family violence is a major social and human rights issue in our society. Family violence is largely experienced by women and their children, and largely committed by men. Some people think that alcohol, financial stress or poverty causes violence against women. But the key causes relate to the unequal power between men and women in public and private life, particular beliefs about how men and women should behave and certain social attitudes that excuse men's violence against women.
We are committed to preventing violence against women in our communities by promoting equality and respect toward women. To live in a world where our families and communities are free and safe from violence, we must treat all individuals – women, men, girls and boys – with dignity, equality and respect. Promoting equality and respect in our communities benefits us all and strengthens our communities. A strong community is one where we can all contribute and participate equally.
We invite you to use the information on this website and the Promoting Equality and Respect: An Interfaith Collaboration on Preventing Family Violence booklet, developed as part of the Challenge Family Violence project to promote safer and more respectful and equitable communities.