Family Violence

Family Violence

The AASW takes the view that family violence is a gendered crime and predominately perpetrated by men against women. Although acknowledging other forms of violence, the predominant societal issue is one of violence against women, which is rooted in the unequal place of women in society. Our work to highlight and address all forms of family violence is based on the three values underpinning our Code of Ethics: Respect for Persons, Social Justice and Professional Integrity. It is aligned with the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. In this policy area, we have advocated for changes to the Family Law System, privacy provisions in My Health Record, and maintained awareness of the wider systemic links between mental health, homelessness and family violence. 

The AASW wishes to acknowledge the effects of family violence on children. Every child whose mother is abused is affected in some way and if nothing is done with young children, then these can become the next generation of perpetrators (AASW Policy and Advocacy, 2015).