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Women and children are 14 times more likely than men to die in a disaster. AAP Image/Darren Pateman

Domestic violence will spike in the bushfire aftermath, and governments can no longer ignore it

Natural disasters amplify the conditions leading to domestic violence. Yet Australia's disaster policies are "gender blind".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi poses with Rep. Katie Hill and her husband, Kenny Heslep, in January 2019. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Revenge porn is sexual violence, not millennial negligence

Just as domestic violence was once misunderstood and tolerated, many today fail to grasp how nude photographs can be wielded as weapons of abuse.
Women who have been victims of domestic abuse may experience depression, anxiety and substance abuse, among other psychological impacts. From shutterstock.com

How domestic violence affects women’s mental health

There is a clear link between women who have experienced domestic violence and mental illness. This link needs to be better addressed in mental health services.
In Myanmar, gender inequality is fed by a deeply held concept called ‘hpon,’ which considers men to be spiritually and morally better than women. Reuters/Staff

Myanmar debates women’s rights amid evidence of pervasive sexual and domestic violence

In Myanmar, spousal abuse is legal and stigma stop most women from reporting sexual violence. A bill championed by feminists but long stalled in Parliament may soon give women their basic rights.
Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer in Gaslight (1944), the film that inspired the now widely used term. Metro Goldwyn-Mayer

Explainer: what does ‘gaslighting’ mean?

The term 'gaslighting' is now liberally used but what does it mean and where did it come from?
Over 47% of women in Kenya have experienced physical or sexual violence by their partner. Chaiyapong/Shutterstock

Domestic violence and social status: a Kenyan case study

A study in Kenya found that the lower men ranked themselves in society, the more violent they were with their intimate partners.

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