In On Violence (MUP, RRP $14.99/Ebook $9.99), Natasha Stott Despoja asks: why is violence against women endemic, and how do we stop it?
Every two minutes, police are called to a family violence matter. Every week, a woman is killed by a current or former partner. This is Australia’s national emergency.
Natasha Stott Despoja says, ‘Like many Australians, I am tired of and sickened by the statistics, the body count.
‘We cannot go on like this, in the face of unspeakable acts. It is time to stop this slaughter in our neighbourhoods.
‘I know Australians want to change and I want to talk about things we can do to stop the violence before it starts.
‘While the issue of gendered violence is a complex one, at its heart it is also simple: to change the story that ends in violence against women, we must begin with gender equality and respect for all women.
‘I hope this sparks a conversation and galvanises community and political action.’
Author proceeds from sales of On Violence will go to Our Watch, a not-for-profit organisation established to drive nationwide change in the structures, norms and practices that underpin violence against women and their children.
Patty Kinnersly, CEO of Our Watch, says, ‘The evidence tells us that we can be most effective at preventing violence by working to achieve gender equality throughout society.
‘That is why Our Watch partners with governments, educators, young people, sporting organisations, the media and with workplaces to help put respect and equality first in everything they do.
‘This work will take the efforts and commitment of many, and we are grateful for Natasha’s contribution; not only through the proceeds of On Violence, but also through her vision and tireless work as Chair of Our Watch.’
Natasha Stott Despoja AM is the founding Chair of Our Watch, the national organisation established to prevent violence against women and their children. She is Australia’s former Ambassador for Women and Girls and, in 2018, was named one of the Top 100 Global Influencers on Gender Policy. Natasha is the youngest woman ever to enter Australia’s Federal Parliament, where she served as a Senator from 1995 to 2008, and went on to lead her party, the Australian Democrats. Natasha has been a lifelong advocate for gender equality.