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Break up the fights early. Teenage fight via Olly/Shutterstock

Gender stereotypes make teenagers more accepting of violence

Teenagers’ opinions about when violence is acceptable or not can be influenced by the way they perceive men and women and the relationships between them. Simply telling young people that violence is wrong…
Where toys promote aggressiveness in boys and submissiveness in girls, they are definitely part of the problem. EPA/Jason Szenes

‘Toy war’ debates misunderstand the causes of domestic violence

Australia suffers “endemic” levels of men’s violence against women, so if the child is the father of the man, then it’s time we talked about boys’ toys. And what better time to start the conversation than…
Intimate images are also being used in domestic violence and sexual assault situations – to blackmail victims, or to discourage them from seeking help from the police. Stephan Geyer/Flickr

More than revenge: when intimate images are posted online

“Revenge porn”. It’s when a partner or ex-partner posts nude or intimate pictures or videos online and without consent. And in the absence of better laws, perpetrators are largely getting away with it…
Almost a quarter of Australians believe domestic violence can be excused if the attacker can’t control their anger. Halfpoint/Shutterstock

Why don’t we speak up when we see signs of domestic violence?

Have you cringed when a friend was degraded by her partner in public? Or felt uncomfortable because your friend’s partner continually rings to check her whereabouts? Is your friend’s partner intimidating…
Not a pretty sight for some. Menzl Guenter

World Cup shines a light on persistent domestic violence

Football can be a violent game. While this year’s World Cup has not been marked by serious violence on the pitch, games are hard fought and there have been a handful of red cards already. Off the pitch…
The plight of women and girls facing sexual violence in Syria, for example, does not elicit global diplomatic outrage – yet. EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Time to act: can the world prevent sexual violence in armed conflict?

The Global Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict is underway in London. It is an extraordinary manifestation of UK soft power, the influence of global social movements, celebrity diplomacy and digital…
The standard image of domestic violence doesn’t fit everyone. Shutterstock

Domestic abuse services are failing LGBT victims

Services for women fleeing domestic abuse and sexual violence in the UK have developed over the past 40 years, from grassroots services staffed by volunteers to a professionalised (if still small) sector…
Pistorius trial has kept violence against women on the frontpage. Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Who is killing women in South Africa? The inconvenient truth

Who is responsible for violence towards women? This question runs like a thread through some of the public discourses swirling around the trial of athlete Oscar Pistorius. In some ways he represents an…
Women in Poland stand up against violence. EPA/Bartolomiej Zborowski

The pitfalls of measuring violence against women

It was simultaneously heartening and dispiriting to see the release of a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) on the prevalence of violence against women in Europe. Dispiriting…
Protesters gather in Delhi, near the site where a Danish woman was gang-raped, to demand action on rampant violence against women. EPA/Money Sharma

What gang rapes tell us about Delhi and the wider world

Coinciding with yet another brutal gang rape in Delhi is news that Delhi’s women and child welfare minister, Rakhi Birla, is recruiting an all-female commando unit to help respond to Delhi’s rape problem…

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