What is 16 Days of Activism?
The UN's 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign that takes place annually between 25 November and 10 December. This campaign calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Gender-based violence includes all forms of violence against people based on their gender or violence that disproportionately affects people of a particular gender. It is most frequently used to describe men's violence against women.
In Australia, on average, one woman is murdered by a current or former partner each week, and 1 in 2 women has experienced sexual harassment. Violence against women and their children costs Australia $22 billion each year.
The 16 Days of Activism campaign coincides with Respect Victoria's Respect Women: 'Call It Out' (Respect Is) campaign, which encourages us to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women.
This campaign aims to support the community in understanding what respect means, what it looks like, and how to put it into practice in their everyday lives.
When gender equality exists, we all benefit. Gender inequality involves devaluing or disrespecting women or women's contributions. Research has consistently found that these forms of disrespect increase the likelihood of violence against women.
For more information about the 16 Days of Activism campaign.
For more information about Respect Victoria's Respect Women: 'Call It Out' (Respect Is) campaign.
How can I get involved?
Walk Against Family Violence 2021
Join people across Victoria to raise awareness and walk in solidarity with victim-survivors of family violence and violence against women through three local self-guided walks in; Point Cook, Werribee and Tarneit.
Each walk starts from a Wyndham City Community Facility, where information and resources are available for the 16 Days of Activism Campaign. You can take part in three easy steps:
Step 1: Select your walking route based on where you would like to start and finish your walk:
Step 2: Organise a group walk with your friends and family or choose to take a peaceful walk on your own. Wear orange, if you can, so that people know you're walking to raise awareness of family violence
Step 3: Share photos from your walk using #WAFV2021, #WhyWeWalk and #WAFV hashtags on social media. Don't forget to tag Wyndham City into your photos.
Step 4: Participate in the walk, visit the information display, share a photo on social media and ask one of our friendly staff for a free coffee voucher!
Wear Orange - Can't join us for a walk? Join us on social media instead! Orange symbolises a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls. Take a photo of yourself and your colleagues in orange using the virtual selfie frame and share it on social media.
What do we know about family violence in Wyndham City?
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated gender inequality and increased the risk of gender-based violence. The impact of restrictions and physical distancing on individuals, families, and communities, while varied, has been profound. There is no doubt that the impact of the pandemic has also been highly gendered.
Family violence services have reported increased demand during the pandemic. Intimate partner and family violence increase during disaster and emergencies, both in prevalence and severity.
Data released by the Crime Statistics Agency in September 2021 shows that Victoria is facing its highest reported rates of family violence in history, with a 11.3% increase in family violence-related offences in the year ending 31 March 2021.
Wyndham had the fourth-highest number of family violence incidents of all Victorian municipalities from June 2020 to June 2021, with an increase of 16.4% from the previous year. In comparison, other Greater Melbourne growth areas such as Casey recorded up to an 8.6% increase during the same period.
Wyndham has one of the largest population sizes in Victoria. Measured by the rate per 100,000 people, Wyndham's family incidents rate is lower than Victoria's (1,389.1 compared with 1,399.1).
How can I get help if I'm experiencing family violence or if someone I care about is at risk?
Experiencing family violence or caring about someone who is experiencing family violence can be extremely challenging.
If you are experiencing family violence, concerned for your safety, or in an emergency situation, please call 000 for urgent police assistance.
Safe Steps: (03) 9928 966 or www.safesteps.org.au
National Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Counselling Service:1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 or 1800 671 442 (TTY) - www.1800respect.org.au
For a full list of support services available to you, visit our Wyndham City Support Services page.