The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) is the world’s longest-running population-level survey of community attitudes towards violence against women.
Done every four years it shows what Australian’s think about violence against women and their attitudes about gender inequality. The findings and reports from 2021 are now in and this important document shows whether or not we’re making the changes necessary to prevent violence against women.
In order to prevent violence against women we need to make huge changes to Australians attitudes, beliefs and social norms around gender stereotypes and inequality.
Key messages from the report include that over the last decade:
- Australians’ understanding of violence against women has improved.
- There has been a slow increase in Australians’ rejection of problematic beliefs and attitudes about violence against women.
- Since 2013, Australians have increasingly rejected problematic beliefs and attitudes related to gender inequality.
However, there’s still work to be done:
- Coercive control: 1 in 10 respondents agreed that it’s easy for a woman to leave an abusive relationship.
- Gender inequality: 1 in 3 respondents agreed that women exaggerate the unequal treatment of women in Australia.
- Sexual harassment: 1 in 10 respondents agreed with the statement “Since some women are so sexual in public, it’s understandable that some men think they can touch women without permission.
- Respectful relationships: 1 in 10 respondents agreed that women often say “no” when they mean “yes”.