Women

  • Queensland Government, Queensland Violence against Women Prevention Plan 2016-22 (updated 28 June 2019).

    The plan articulates the gendered drivers of violence against women as being:

    • ‘Systems, structures and processes that do not take account of gender differences
    • ‘Derogatory attitudes: women are physically weak, emotional, dependent, the property of men and should be submissive
    • ‘Rigid gender roles and stereotypes: women as mothers, homemakers or sexual objects
    • ‘Criticism of feminism as outdated, irrelevant, unnecessary and ‘anti-men’
    • ‘Normalisation of violence against women: ‘he’s wearing a ‘wife-beater’ singlet’
    • ‘Excusing violence against women and victim blaming: ‘She was so drunk, she was asking for it!’ or ‘She shouldn’t have been walking on her own at that time of night!’ (p.9).
    There is an overview of the facts already known about violence against women on p.8-9. Some of these include that perpetrators are mostly men and violence is gendered; sexual violence and violence-supportive attitudes are prevalent and on the rise; and gendered inequality intersects with other forms of disadvantage, putting certain groups of women at greater risk of violence.