25 November marks the first day of the annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which takes place from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Now in its fourth year, 16 Days in WA draws inspiration from the global movement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence to drive a change in culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children.
Several prominent landmarks including Optus Stadium and RAC Arena have lit up in orange in support of the campaign.
Did you know?
- Almost a third (30% or 125 victims) of all homicide and related offences (including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter) in Australia in 2019 were family and domestic violence related
- One in five Western Australian women reported experiencing partner violence since the age of 15.3
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women account for 67% of hospitalisations due to family and domestic violence in Western Australia.4
- As many as 56% of youth homelessness cases in Western Australia are linked to family and domestic violence.
- Domestic violence accounted for 55.8% of the accommodation support from specialist homelessness agencies in WA in 2017-18, up from 45.1% in 2012-13
Violence against women is never okay. We all have a responsibility to help stop the violence.
For more information about 16 Days in WA campaign, please visit here
Let’s work together by supporting and raising awareness of this initiative to end domestic violence.