Family and domestic violence is everyone’s problem. But it begins – and ends – with men.
After 30 years working with men who use violence, we know that we cannot stop family and domestic violence until we stop men using violence and abuse.
For too long, victim-survivors have carried the burden of navigating a system that meets their cries for help with disbelief or bureaucracy; a system that requires women to relive their trauma by repeatedly sharing their stories; a system that puts women at risk because it focuses on what women should do to avoid violence, instead of what men should do to stop using violence.
We need to shift the burden: to remove it from the victim-survivors and place it firmly on the men who use violence.
No to Violence, believes the NSW Government must support five key initiatives which will hold perpetrators to account, keep more women and children safe, and realise our vision of a world free from male violence.
No to Violence is calling for the NSW Government to:
1. Expand and support the development of a highly skilled and sustainable perpetrator intervention workforce
2. Build a thriving perpetrator intervention sector to ensure all men receive the services they need
3. Invest in innovative programs that address gaps in the current perpetrator service landscape
4. Improve justice and legal responses to people impacted by domestic and family violence
5. Invest in evidence-based practice through data collection, research, evaluation, and translation of evidence into action
We need your help to #ShiftTheBurden in New South Wales
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