Central Highlands Rural Health (CHRH) are participating in the 16 Days of Activism campaign that is run every year. The campaign begins on 25 November, the International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on 10 December, which is International Human Rights Day.
16 Days of Activism is all about creating momentum, raising awareness and taking action towards ending violence against women and girls.
This year the theme of the campaign is ‘Respect is…’ and staff at CHRH have been sharing what respect means to them. These images are being shared internally and externally to highlight the campaign.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria has recorded the highest rates of family violence in our history. We have seen our community pull together this year and now it’s important to continue to pull together to raise awareness of and take action towards ending violence against women and girls.
To get involved in this campaign and raise awareness of domestic and family violence, Safe Steps have once again organised their annual Walk Against Family Violence on November 25. We encourage CHRH staff and community members to wear something orange, go for a walk and share it with the hashtags #WAFV2020 and #WhyWeWalk. You can find more information about the walk here.
Other ways to be involved in the campaign are to share with family, friends and colleagues what ‘Respect is’ to you, wear a white ribbon in support of the prevention of violence against women and stand up for women when you see abusive, disrespectful or violent behaviour.
Everyone deserves to be safe and live free from violence.
#16daysofactivism #Respectis #Respectwomen #Callitout
If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, or has experienced family violence and would like support, help is available.
1800 015 188 - safesteps.org.au
Victoria's 24/7 domestic and family violence response centre for victim-survivors. Phone and email services available 24/7. Live web chat is available 9am-9pm Monday-Friday.
1800 737 732 - 1800respect.org.au
The national sexual assault, domestic violence and family violence counselling service. Phone and online services available 24/7.
The Orange Door
Central Highlands (Ballarat) - 1800 219 819
Loddon (Bendigo) - 1800 512 359 - https://orangedoor.vic.gov.au/contact
Free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence, and is now open within the Central Highlands and Loddon regions.
If you believe someone is in immediate danger call 000 and ask for the police.