Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality. It can be defined as a pattern of behavior to gain or maintain power and control. NCSMC acknowledges the high coexistence of domestic violence and child abuse and the inter-relationship between violence and financial hardship.
The Attorney General commissioned an extensive review of the family law and the findings were consistent, disturbing and echoed the experiences of women who contact NCSMC. The recurring themes were:
- The failure of the socio legal environment to protect women and children often resulting in continued abuse and violence.
- A fragmented system that allowed vulnerable women and children to fall through the gaps.
- A culture of trivialising violence and or disbelief of allegations
- Inadequate investigation of domestic violence and or child abuse,
- Legally sanctioned processes and avenues that aided the perpetrator
- Barriers that impede women’s capacity to protect self and child (ren).