16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women

VenuesWest is proud to continue our support of the 16 Days in WA campaign; educating, motivating and advocating the community to stand up to stop violence against women.

Stopping Family and Domestic Violence: Play your part.

The annual campaign begins 25 November, also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on Human Rights Day, 10 December.

WA continues to have a high rate of family and domestic violence-related assault, second only to the Northern Territory. Across Australia around 1 in 4 women, and an estimated 3 in 5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former intimate partner since age 15.

To help raise awareness a selection of prominent landmarks across WA will be lit up orange - the global campaign colour to promote an end to gender-based violence. They include Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, Elizabeth Quay, Matagarup Bridge and Yagan Square.

This year, we have partnered with RUAH Community Services to support their mission of empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged people, something they have been doing for more than 60 years. This includes those who are experiencing homelessness, family and domestic violence and mental health challenges.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 Australians believe domestic violence is a normal reaction to stress, and that sometimes a woman can make a man so angry he hits her without meaning to.
  • 1 in 3 Australians believe that if a woman does not leave her abusive partner, then she is responsible for the violence continuing.
  • 2 in 5 Australians would not know where to get outside help for a domestic violence issue.

Support is available if you or someone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence. For more information, please visit here.

Let’s work together by supporting and raising awareness of this initiative to end domestic violence.