Women's Rights

Violence against women is one of the most widespread human rights violations in Australia, with one in three women over the age of 15 having experienced physical or sexual violence. Violence against women impacts the physical and mental wellbeing of victims and their families and the health, cohesion and prosperity of society as a whole.

The Human Rights Law Centre advocates a human rights-based approach to preventing and responding to violence against women. This approach recognises the discrimination that underlies violence against women and requires Governments to adopt preventative and protective measures and prosecute and punish perpetrators.