Discrimination and Women's Inequality

Violence against women affects all communities, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographic location.  Other forms of inequality and discrimination can increase the probability of violence for some groups of women.

Inequality, discrimination and oppression, at a community and structural level, such as racism, discrimination against people with disabilities, or discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; can intersect to increase the prevalence of violence for some women.

Efforts to prevent violence against women must acknowledge, consider and act on other intersecting forms of discrimination, to be effective.


The image from Our Watch illustrates the intersection of discrimination and inequality. The green ribbons represent identity and social status, grey ribbons represent discrimination and oppression due to identity and social status, purple ribbons represent power and privilege based on discrimination and oppression and highlights the importance for structural and system change.

ANROWS - Final Report - Women’s specialist domestic and family violence services: Their responses and practices with and for Aboriginal women.  

Women with Disabilities Victoria