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Men as Allies in Preventing Violence: Principles and Practices for Promoting Accountability

White Ribbon Research Series

Bob Pease and commentary by Ann Carrington

March 2017

This paper explores the implications of the increasing role of men in violence prevention work for the women’s services sector. There are many different ways for men to work with women in violence against women prevention campaigns. The language of male-led campaigns, partners in violence prevention, bystanders, male champions, male allies, aspiring allies and solidarity activists are but a few of the roles that have been identified for men. However their roles are defined, as men have become more prominent in violence against women prevention work in recent years, the issue of men’s relationship with women against violence services has become a subject of ongoing concern for many feminist anti-violence activists, practitioners and scholars. This paper aims to explore the nature of those concerns and the various ways in which activist men and the organisations they work within, or are auspiced by, have responded to them


Start a Conversation – online resource


Australian Government – a joint Australian, state and territory initiative

This online resource provides  parents, family members, teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers with tools to support conversations with young people about respectful relationships and respect for women. Resources include:

  • a respect checklist  to become more aware of what boys and girls might be thinking in disrespectful or aggressive situations.
  • a conversation guide to help you talk more confidently and openly with young people about the importance of respectful relationships.
  • a series of video messages from parenting educators providing tips to get you started on having conversations about respect.

Shared understandings: Women’s Health West’s guide to health promotion and gender equity

Women’s Health West, 2014

This guide to gender equity and health promotion provides clear and consistent language in key definitions, conceptual frameworks and supporting data relating to gender equity, upstream health promotion and the social determinants of health. Its purpose is to highlight the need for health promotion actions that are sensitive to the social, political and economic conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.

Gender, Age and the Perceived Causes, Nature and Extent of Domestic and Dating Violence in Australian Society

Cale, J. and Breckenridge, J. (2015) Gender, Age and the Perceived Causes, Nature and Extent of Domestic and Dating Violence in Australian Society, Gendered Violence Research Network, UNSW Australia.

This study examined the perceptions and attitudes of young Australian adults (aged 16-25 years) toward domestic violence and dating violence. This study was based on a convenience sample of 3193 individuals who completed an online survey hosted on the White Ribbon Australia website. Attitudes towards, and perceptions of, domestic and dating violence were examined according to the gender and age of respondents.

The Preventing Violence Against Women Lancet Series

The Lancet, 21 November 2014

In November 2014, The Lancet published a series of papers on violence against women and how to prevent it. The series included papers on a variety of key topics, including: Prevention of violence against women and girls – what does the evidence sayPrevention of violence against women and girls – lessons from practice; and Preventing violence against women – working with men and boys to change social norms and gender relations. Importantly, the series included A Call to Action, imploring the international community to end violence against women and prioritise preventing violence against women before it occurs (primary prevention).

Australians’ attitudes to violence against women


– VicHealth, 2014

The findings from the 2013 National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) tell us that we have been able to challenge a culture that allows violence against women to occur. There have been sustained improvements since 1995 in a number of areas. However, there are other areas in which progress has been minimal, along with some concerning negative findings.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2013

The Global Gender Gap Index measures the relative gaps between women and men, across a large set of countries and across the four key areas of health, education, economy and politics.

In 2012 Australia was ranked 25th, in 2013 Australia is ranked 24th. Australia remains outside of the top 20 countries in the world for gender equality.

Women in countries including South Africa, Cuba, Burundi, the Philippines, Latvia and Lesotho all enjoy greater equality with men than Australia according to the new report.

– World Economic Forum

Twenty things that men can do to challenge sexism and men’s violence against women

  1. Read women’s writing and feminist theory.
  2. Become more aware of your male privilege and how it is manifested.
  3. Become more aware of other sources of privilege, if you are white, heterosexual and professional.
  4. Think about how your own attitudes and use of language might contribute to the problem of men’s abuse of women.
  5. Reflect on and challenge any abusive and controlling behaviours you have.
  6. Talk with women about their lives and ask them about the things that men can do to challenge violence.
  7. Listen to women when they talk about their experience.
  8. Don’t interrupt women when they are speaking.
  9. Acknowledge and apologise when you realize that you are being sexist or controlling.
  10. Do your fair share of child care and housework.
  11. Don’t use pornography.
  12. Boycott corporations that use sexist advertising.
  13. Learn how to be more loving and nurturing in your sexuality.
  14. Talk to boys and young men about the importance of respecting girls and women.
  15. Challenge other men when they make sexist comments and engage in controlling behaviour.
  16. Don’t remain silent if you discover that a male friend is abusing a woman.
  17. Express your support for gender equality and walk the walk.
  18. Write letters to the editor and opinion articles for local newspapers to express an alternative male point of view on sexism.
  19. Join or start a group of men who are challenging sexism.
  20. Become a resource person who can speak out on men’s responsibility for challenging sexism and violence.

– Compiled by Prof Bob Pease 2013, from various websites