Prevent men’s violence against women

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About White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality and create a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia, as part of this global movement, wants all women in Australia to live in safety, free from violence and abuse. We focus on primary prevention: stopping violence before it starts.

Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, prevention programs and partnerships, we highlight the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and support them to be part of this social change.

Our Vision
A nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.

Our Purpose
Engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

Men speaking to other men about violence against women is a powerful catalyst for change.


Violence against women

Men’s violence and abuse against women occurs in all communities and is not limited to any particular culture. It is defined as “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women” by the United Nations. Abusive behaviour includes jealousy, possessiveness, put downs and threats. Violence should never be tolerated.

Domestic and family violence is one form of violence against women and is often labelled as a “private family matter” rather than a public issue occurring across the world. It’s important to speak up if you or someone you know is experiencing violence and abuse.

A partner, relative, friend or even a stranger can be a perpetrator of violence, although violence and abuse most commonly occurs between a male perpetrator who is known to the female victim.


Types of violence and abuse

All forms of violence and abuse are unacceptable. They can range from more obvious violence to hidden abusive and controlling behaviours.

Physical, sexual abuse and stalking are types of violence that can be seen. Emotional, verbal, financial, social, spiritual and image-based abuse can be more hidden and can go unnoticed by friends or family members.

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Where to find help

If in immediate danger, call the Police on 000. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and abuse, there is help available. Call one of these numbers if you have questions or need advice.


1800 737 732

24 hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence or sexual assault. Interpreters are available in several languages.
Call toll-free 1800 737 732.

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13 11 14

Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State.
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can call 13 11 14.

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Translating & Interpreting Service

131 450

Gain free access to a telephone or on-site interpreter in your own language. Immediate phone interpreting is available 24 hours, every day of the year, on 131 450.

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White Ribbon have a range of factsheets in different languages with information about preventing men’s violence against women. View online, download or print.


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Cycle of violence

The cycle of violence looks at the repetitive nature of perpetrator’s actions. The cycle of violence theory shows how the behaviour of a perpetrator can change very dramatically, making it difficult for the woman to leave. Women who have experienced violence may recognise this cycle.


Phase 1: Tension-building

Tension between people in the relationship starts to increase. Verbal, emotional or financial abuse occurs. The behaviour of the abuser intensifies and reaches a point where an explosion is inevitable.

Phase 2: Acute explosion

The violence reaches its peak and the abuser experiences a release of tension. This feeling can become addictive and the abuser may decide to deal with anger only in this way.

Phase 3: Honeymoon

At this point, the abuser starts to feel ashamed and promises never to be violent again. They may try to explain the violence by blaming other factors such as alcohol or stress at work. The victim is  confused and hurt but also relieved that the violence is over. The victim may think the abuser has changed and there will be no more violence.

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