Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions regarding violence against women and children. If you have a question not covered here, please contact us.

What is violence against women?

Violence against women is defined by the United Nations as "any act of gender based violence that causes or could cause physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering, including threats of harm or coercion, in public or in private life."

In Australia, violence against women is called many different things, including domestic violence, family violence, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Why is the NRL getting involved in this issue?

Violence against women and children is a significant issue in Australia and globally.

On and off the field, we have a great opportunity to influence social change and prevent violence against women by creating inclusive, equitable, healthy and safe environments for men and women, boys and girls.

Our great Game does have a unique opportunity to take a leadership position with regards to violence against women. We have an opportunity to stand up, to speak out and to take action, to use our collective voices to say enough is enough, and that violence against women is never acceptable.

The NRL is committed to utilising its powerful voice and reach to stand by our expert partners (Full Stop Foundation, Our Watch and White Ribbon Australia) to take action to prevent violence against women and children.

Find more about how sport can play a role in preventing violence against women.

What about violence against men?

All violence is wrong, regardless of the sex of the victim or perpetrator. But, there are distinct patterns in the perpetration and impact of violence that point to gender being a key factor.

For example, both sexes are more likely to experience violence at the hands of men.

Men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places, women are more likely to experience violence from men they know, often in the home. The overwhelming majority of acts of domestic violence and sexual assault are perpetrated by men against women, and this violence is likely to have more severe impacts on female than male victims.

This doesn't negate the experiences of male victims. But, it does point to the need for an approach that looks honestly at what the research is telling us, and addresses the gendered dynamics of violence.

What factors lead to violence?

We recommend watching the 'Changing the Story' video developed by Our Watch.

This short video explore the drivers of violence against women and children and provides insights into how we can all contribute to prevention of violence against women and children

Where can I get help?

There are lots of different types of support available and we want to make sure you know where to access that support.

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 695 463) for advice and support;
  • In an emergency call 000;
  • Lifeline (13 11 14) can provide help step by step in real time

Also, our expert partners Our Watch, White Ribbon and Full Stop Foundation all have informative websites where you can gain access to information, resources and tools.

You can find their contact details in the Tools and Resources section.