16 Days in WA - Stop Violence Against Women

Published on Thursday, 1 October 2020 at 3:02:06 PM

Background

The 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women initiative began in 2017, led by the McGowan Government and its first dedicated Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, the Hon Simone McGurk MLA. From 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, which is Human Rights Day, individuals and communities throughout the State have an opportunity to show their support for ending violence against women, including family, domestic and sexual violence. Our initiative draws inspiration from the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign to end violence against women and girls across the world1 . Since 1991, more than 6,000 organisations in approximately 182 countries have taken part in the 16 Days Campaign. In Western Australia, 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women aims to raise awareness; increase positive actions; and highlight organisations, agencies.

Our Key Messages

• Violence against women is never okay. We all have a responsibility to help stop the violence.

• Stopping violence against women is about promoting equality and respectful relationships, violence-free spaces and safer communities.

• Breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence starts with respect towards women.

• Young people can lead the way in shaping positive

Do you know?

In 2019, the most common age group for people experiencing family and domestic violence-related assault in Western Australia was 25 to 34 years.

Children living in families with family and domestic violence are more likely to experience low selfesteem, learning difficulties, behavioural problems, depression, bullying and homelessness with
long-term impacts on their wellbeing.

Childhood trauma is a major contributor to adolescents’ use of violence in the home. This is partly due to social learning, where adolescents are exposed to intimate partner violence that they then copy. Trauma has a significant impact on the child’s ability to learn, communicate and regulate emotions and behaviour.

Useful Resources:

Family and Domestic Violence Strategy

Stronger Together – WA’s Plan for Gender Equality

WA Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program

Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services

White Ribbon Australia

Communicare Breathing Space

eSafetyCommissioner – women

eSafetyCommissioner – young people

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