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Why is domestic violence a human rights issue? | Australian...

Why is domestic violence a human rights issue? | Australian Human Rights Commission

The right to protection from violence and to security and liberty of person is recognised in the major human rights agreements including the:

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Domestic and family violence violates a wide range of human rights including:

  • The right to life.
  • The highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
  • The right to decent work.
  • Freedom of expression and the right to hold opinions without interference.
  • A child or young person’s right to leisure and play.
  • The right to education.
  • The right to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Find Legal Answers website has further resources Human rights and also on Domestic violence.