Unpacking the Gendered Drivers of Violence Against Women

These tip sheets have been designed to convey the complexity of what drives violence against women in an easy-to-understand resource. They are a great accompaniment for primary prevention practitioners to use in any setting.

The evidence base from Change the Story tells us that gender inequality creates the social conditions for violence against women to occur. There are four key expressions of gender inequality that have been found to predict or drive this violence. To prevent violence against women, we must focus our efforts on addressing these drivers.

This tip sheet series provides:

  • an understanding of each gendered driver
  • examples of what each gendered driver can look like within different settings where people live, learn, work, socialise and play
  • an understanding of actions that will help prevent violence against women.

Download the tip sheets

The four tip sheets should be read together as each driver is interrelated and equally significant.

Print instructions

  1. Download the print version of all tip sheets.
  2. Print on both sides of the paper (double sided).
  3. Select ‘Flip on short edge’.
  4. Once printed, fold in half to ensure the front page is read before the back page.

Rigid gender roles and stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity

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Men’s control of decision making and limits to women’s independence in public life and relationships

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Condoning of violence against women

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Male peer relations that emphasise aggression and disrespect towards women

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Ideas on how you can use this resource

  • Print and display the posters in your workplace.
  • Use this resource to start conversations with colleagues and community groups about the drivers of violence against women.
  • Share the tip sheets in your organisation’s newsletter.
  • Use this resource in a range of activities when delivering prevention of violence against women training.

Do you have feedback?

Please send any feedback on this resource to [email protected].

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