16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence

27 Nov 2020
Healthy Community

16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is a global campaign that takes place annually between 25 November and 10 December and highlights the need for all of us to help prevent all forms of gender-based violence.

The 16 days were chosen as they take place between the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and International Human Rights Day.

The campaign highlights the important role we all have in preventing gender based violence for a safe, respectful and inclusive community. Gender inequality is the key cause of violence against women. Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness for Australian women aged 18 to 44 years. This violence is usually committed by men, a current or former partner in the home. Family violence can happen to anyone, from any background.

At Manningham, we’re committed to preventing all forms of violence and support Respect Victoria’s local campaign which encourages us to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women.

Gender Equity Victoria and VicHealth have helpful resources to help you to stand up to harassment online or to take action on sexist and sexually harassing behaviours. Visit these links to find out more.

If you believe someone is in immediate danger, call 000 and ask for the police. For non-urgent support please contact:

Safe Steps Response Centre Victoria's 24/7 family violence response centre. 1800 015 188

The Orange Door Supports adults, children and young people 1800 319 355

1800 RESPECT National 24/7 service 1800 737 732

EDVOS Specialist family violence service in the Eastern Region 9259 4200

Doncare Community Services Counselling/crisis support for women and children 9856 1500

Eastern Centre against Sexual Assault (ECASA) Support for victims of sexual assault 9870 7330

W/Respect LGBTIQA+ family violence service 1800 542 847

Men’s Helpline free 24/7 support, referrals & counselling services for men via telephone, online and video 1300 789 978

For more information on 16 Days of Activism visit the Respect Victoria website.