Prevent men’s violence against women

What men can do to prevent violence

To end men’s violence against women, we need to change men’s attitudes and behaviour. This will take time. Below are some practical steps men can take every day to help end men’s violence against women:


Listen to women, believe them, and learn from their experiences.

Ask a woman who trusts you about violence and abuse and how it has affected her life. If she feels comfortable to talk, just listen and learn from her experiences. Women who have survived or are surviving violence and abuse will provide valuable and experiential insights.

Be prepared with helpful resources

Learn about the problem of men's violence against women.

Many people think violence is committed in public places by strangers, but women who are at risk of violence are more likely to experience it in their own homes and from men they know. Explore our website for more information.  watching the news, reading articles on the topic and seeking information will help you understand the impact of violence and abuse on women and the community.

Statistics about violence against women

Develop respectful relationships with women.

Be an example to other men: treat women with respect and as equals. Be mindful of how language as well as actions can be disrespectful and abusive. Healthy relationships help create gender equality. Express your feelings directly and in non-violent ways e.g. express your appreciation of your partner or have disagreements in well managed and thought through words.

Read about signs of an abusive relationship

Challenge sexist language and jokes.

Sexist language and jokes help create the impression that women are inferior to men, are “objects”, and work to legitimise violence against women. They are part of abuse that objectifies women, meaning that women are viewed as a possession. Point this out when you hear sexist language or sexist jokes and encourage others to be respectful towards women.

Learn how to safely challenge behaviour

Identify and oppose sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Unwanted sexual comments and behaviour reflect power inequalities between men and women. Oppose sexual harassment by supporting initiatives to create respectful and healthy environments.

How to oppose disrespectful behaviour

Take action if you see violence happening.

Call the police – never assume someone else has. Ensure you do something to stop the violence, but do not use violence yourself or put yourself in danger. Do not remain silent: stand up, speak out and act to stop men’s violence against women.

Find out how to safely intervene

Support local women's programs and services.

Women’s refuges, rape crisis centres, counselling and legal services, support women experiencing violence and are vital for women escaping violence. These services need support and financial backing too.

Browse support services

Examine your own behaviour.

If you have been physically violent against a woman, committed sexual assault, threatened or tried to control their lives, get help today. Do not wait for it to happen again. Call MensLine on 1300 78 99 78 for support and advice.

Contact Mensline

Be a role model.

Be a role model to other men, women and children. Teach them that violence is unacceptable and talk about ways to manage negative feelings that could result in conflict or violence.

Learn about the types of violence

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