Journal article

Attitudinal support for violence against women: What a population-level survey of the Australian community can and cannot tell us

Kim Webster, Andrew Ward, Kristin Diemer, Michael Flood, Anastasia Powell, Kelleigh Forster, Nikki Honey

Australian Journal of Social Issues | WILEY | Published : 2019


Violence against women (VAW) is a serious and prevalent problem globally. Societal-level norms, practices and structures are among the factors contributing to it, sometimes referred to collectively as representing “cultures of support” for VAW. Understanding factors contributing to these cultures is important for prevention, but remains the subject of debate. Population-level surveys of attitudes toward VAW are one means to strengthen this understanding. Although there are a number of such surveys internationally, scholarly research based on secondary analysis of data, at least from surveys in high-income countries, is scant. This article reports on new analyses of the Australian National Co..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The 2013 National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services and led by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation. The authors acknowledge Darren Pennay (Social Research Centre), Professor Jenny Morgan, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne and Professor Julie Stubbs, Faculty of Law, UNSW, for their input into earlier conceptual work on which this study drew.