The Australian alcohol beverages industry has zero tolerance for domestic and family violence.
Intoxication is never an excuse for violent behaviour and should not be accepted as a justification.
Domestic and family violence experts do not identify alcohol as a cause of domestic and family violence, but consider it can be a contributing factor. Power imbalances and gender norms are far better predictors of domestic and family violence.
Violent behaviour is often learnt in childhood from adults in the family group who see the use of violence as legitimate. Alcohol Beverages Australia strongly supports better education and greater individual accountability for these crimes, so that intoxication becomes unacceptable as an excuse for violence.
The alcohol beverage industry is committed to working with communities and governments to reduce the cultural acceptability and incidence of domestic and family violence.
For industry media comment regarding this issue please contact Alcohol Beverages Australia
- Commonwealth Government Family and Domestic Violence Strategy 2016 – 2019 – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/corporate/publications-and-resources/family-and-domestic-violence-strategy-2016-2019
- Commonwealth Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010 – 2022 – https://www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/programs-services/reducing-violence/the-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and-their-children-2010-2022
- Australian Parliamentary Library Domestic violence: issues and policy challenges – http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp1516/DVIssues