The 2021 NCAS has shown that overall Australians attitudes towards violence against women have improved, but there is still a long way to go. 

Key Findings:

  • A majority of Australians do not think violence against women occurs in all communities:
    • Even though 91% of respondents agreed that violence against women is a problem in Australia, only 47% agreed that it is a problem in their own suburb or town  
  • 41% of respondents mistakenly believe that domestic violence is equally committed by men and men – a significant increase from 23% of respondents in 2009.
    • Despite recent ABS Personal Safety Survey evidence which revealed most victim-survivors name a male perpetrator
  • Australian’s overall rejection of domestic violence plateaued between 2018 and 2021 but there were significant improvements in Australians’ understanding and rejection of sexual violence

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