Kmart is the second major Australian retailer to pull Grand Theft Auto V from its shelves over concerns about acts of violence towards women in the game.

A spokesperson for the chain said the game would be pulled immediately "following a significant review" of its content.

“Kmart apologises for not being closer to the content of this game,” said the spokesperson.

Kmart follows Target, which announced yesterday it would pull Grand Theft Auto V from shelves in Australia.

The creators of the petition, who only used their first names, Nicole, Claire and Kat, said they were survivors of sexual violence. They said they felt the game sent a dangerous message.

In New Zealand, The Warehouse and Noel Leeming have also decided to stop stocking R18 products.

Warehouse chief executive Mark Powell said that the business' succcess had been established on a foundation of "putting our people and communities at the core of what we do."

Powell singled out Grand Theft Auto V as the product that led them to enact a change he said they'd been debating internally for some time.