Domestic Violence Attitude Survey published

In 1988, the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet commissioned research to guide the development of a National Education Campaign that incorporated the attitudes of the general community for the first time.

The results of two research studies suggested a clear distinction between the understanding of those who have experienced domestic violence or work with victims, and the community in general. Those who are well acquainted with the behaviour have no doubt that non-physical forms of abuse can be just as damaging as physical acts, whereas those in the general community were inclined to place less emphasis on non-physical behaviours. (Source: Australian Institute of Criminology).

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