Young people in Australia believe that domestic violence is common place
24th March, 2015
The majority of Australian young people believe domestic violence to be common in Australian society according to a survey conducted by Youth Action NSW and White Ribbon Australia released today. The survey of over 3000 respondents examined attitudes of young people aged between 16-25 years and explored young people’s views toward gender stereotypes and violence in Australian society, including online domestic violence.
The study, designed to develop an understanding of young people’s awareness of and attitudes towards domestic violence, has revealed 83% of young females believe it to be common or very common in Australia and 60% of males. Only half of high school students (54%) report receiving information about domestic violence in school. Over one in four young males (28%) believe ‘girls like guys in charge of the relationship’.
CEO of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies said, “The survey shows that young people have a good awareness of domestic violence, but they also show that some young people, particularly young men, hold attitudes that support gender stereotypes that lead to violence against women.” The research revealed that males were more likely to agree with gender stereotypes, with key differences of perception and interesting gaps around the nature of power and dominance in relationships.
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