New data finds young people’s attitudes to violence against women has improved

Young people’s attitudes towards violence against women have improved over the past four years, although there are still some “areas of concern” according to new data.

Centre for Non-Violence CEO Margaret Augerinos said introducing programs such as Respectful Relationships to schools, including at Maryborough Education Centre, has gone a long way to improving attitudes, but there are still some “really concerning” results.

The report, titled young Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality, focuses on survey answers from 16 to 24-year-olds.

The report found that while attitudes are generally improving, responses to some questions suggest there are areas of concern, including that one in eight young people are not aware that non- consensual sex in marriage is a criminal offence.

Ms Augerinos said the survey is a useful and “relatively accurate” tool.

“The survey is a really useful piece of research to track community attitudes not only towards family and domestic violence, but also the broader things that impact those issues,” she said.

“For example, a lot of the research says gender equality and attitudes towards women are often the leading drivers towards family violence.”

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