10 common myths about violence against women


Men’s violence against women is a massive problem here in Australia, and all over the world. So, what causes violence against women?

A massive amount of research has been carried out to figure this out. It shows this violence comes from the ways society has brought up men to think about what it means to be a man, and how they should relate to women. Some of these messed up ideas have turned into myths. The problem is, some people think these myths are facts. They are not.

See if you recognise 10 of the most common myths. You have probably seen them in action somewhere in your life.

So, there you have it – a bunch of myths and the facts to bust them. But now you know what isn’t true… what is really going on? Why do SOME men commit violence against women, when most men DON’T?

The four main drivers of violence against women 

There are four main drivers of violence against women. Drivers are like the deep down causes.

  • Fact 1: Attitudes condoning or justifying violence against women  = sounds like – she had it coming to her... she shouldn't have worn that outfit
  • Fact 2: Men thinking they should be in control of decision making and able to set the limits to women’s independence = sounds like – the man of the house decides what happens with the finances.
  • Fact 3: Stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity = sounds like – it’s the woman’s role to keep the man happy.
  • Fact 4: Disrespect towards women, and male peer relations that  emphasise  aggression = sounds like – a group of mates making fun of women or telling sexist jokes.

These four drivers come from research carried out by Our Watch. For more statistics, see the quick facts page on the Our Watch website. 

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If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit their website.


Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016, Personal Safety, Australia. Cat. no. 4906.0. Viewed 18 April 2019, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0. 

Bryant, W and Brickwell, S 2017, 'Homicide in Australia 2012-13 and 2014-14: National Homicide Monitoring Program report, Statistical Reports No. 2', Australian Institute of Criminology, https://aic.gov.au/publications/sr/sr002.

Flood, M 2014, False allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence, viewed 17th April 2019, https://xyonline.net/content/false-allegations-sexual-assault-and-domestic-violence.  

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