about men's violence
Stand up, speak out and act to stop domestic violence and abuse
To end men’s violence against women we must stand up, speak out and act. Silence and inaction will let this violence continue. Here are some tips on how to stop domestic violence and abuse.
Tips for speaking out
Sometimes it is hard to know what to say when someone makes an inappropriate statement about women or behaves inappropriately towards a woman. Try one of the following tactics.
Safely intervene when you see violence happening
If you witness violence, focus on what you can do. Always keep yourself and others safe.
Call 000 in an emergency. You can also:
Talking to men who are using violence against women
If you talk to someone you think is violent to women, they will probably tell you to mind your own business, make excuses or deny it.
If you see violence and abuse, and you feel safe, talk about the behaviour you have seen: “You are my friend but I think the way you criticise and intimidate her is wrong.”
If a woman has told you about violence against her
Remember: if you only know about the violence because the woman has told you about it, check with her first before saying anything to her partner. Her partner could become more violent if he thinks she has told someone about the abuse.
If you find out about violence
If you find out about violence, you can:
Students and young people
If you are a student or young person, speak to someone you trust, for example a teacher or doctor. Tell them what you know and ask them to do something or ask them to advise you on what you should do.
Act! Get involved in violence prevention
There are many things you can do to stop domestic violence and abuse before it happens.
Read up on what you can do to help prevent men’s violence against women from happening in the first place.
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