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.

Since 2017, this WA-led campaign has focused on raising awareness and promoting change to eliminate gender-based violence. This year's campaign is themed around the tagline 'Don't be silent when you see violence', encouraging bystanders to speak up and contribute to changing the safety of women in our community.

Violence against anyone is unacceptable, and we all have a responsibility to help stop the violence. Breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence starts with respect for women, so let's work together by supporting and raising awareness of this initiative.

Did you know?

- Family and domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children 13 and a significant factor impacting health, inclusion and participation for people with disability

- Family and domestic violence is experienced at disproportionately high rates by Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse women and children, people with disability and people who identify as LGBTIQ+

- 65 per cent of assaults recorded in Western Australia last year were related to family and domestic violence (up 15 per cent on 2019). Of the 22,257 victims, 73 per cent – or 16,262 victims – were female

- 48 per cent (28 victims) of homicide and related offences (including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter) in Western Australia were related to family and domestic violence last year. Of this, 19 victims were female

- 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15

 

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