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Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality

May 31, 2019

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has published a research report titled “Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality: Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS).”  The periodic telephone survey of a representative sample of more than 17 500 people seeks to find out about knowledge of violence against women, attitudes towards this violence and gender equality, and intentions if they were to witness abuse or disrespect towards women. The survey found overall improvements in attitudes from the previous surveys conducted in 1995, 2009 and 2013. However there remains evidence of concerning attitudes in the community.  For example, 31% of respondents stated that they agreed with the statement “A lot of times, women who say they were raped had led the man on and then had regrets”. Around 34% of respondents agreed with the statement “I think it’s natural for a man to want to appear in control of his partner in front of his male friends.”

Go to “Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality: Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS).”