Power imbalances that create discrimination can mean that some women are disproportionately affected by violence, face additional barriers to reporting violence and accessing support and may be repeatedly targeted.
Women who are disproportionately affected by violence can include:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Migrant and refugee women
- Women living with disability
- LGBTIQ+ women
- Older women
Violence against women experiencing multiple forms of discrimination or oppression is more likely to be condoned. For example, by being written off as ‘part of their culture’ or justified in religious texts.
We also see this play out in sport, for example racism and homophobia. In sport there is a lot of work being done to promote diversity and inclusion and understanding how these intersect with one another helps us better understand and address these inequalities. When there are multiple forms of inequalities and discrimination like this, we refer to this as ‘intersectionality’ or taking an ‘intersectional approach’.