Today marks the start of the State Government’s annual campaign, 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women, which our team is proud to support.

The campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and runs through to 10 December, Human Rights Day. It aims to raise awareness; increase positive actions; and highlight the work of organisations, agencies, communities and individuals to end violence against women.

This year’s theme is ‘speak out to stop violence against women’ and the message to the Western Australian community is that violence against women – in all its forms – is unacceptable.

Our Indigenous Family Violence (IFV) program supports First Nations women in the Fremantle, Melville and Cockburn areas who are experiencing or at risk of family and domestic violence to make positive changes in their lives. It provides one-to-one counselling, mediation, advocacy and practical assistance. 

The program is achieving strong outcomes, thanks to the team’s awareness and understanding of cultural and traditional beliefs. We accept and encouraging traditional practices within the counselling setting to communicate respect and build rapport.

If you would like to find out more about the IFV program, contact the team on 9231 0921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Emily's Story

*Emily had separated from an abusive partner and found herself homeless and in the grip of a chronic drug addiction. Her four children were in state care.

Extremely distressed, Emily had a whole raft of issues to be addressed if she was going to be reunited with her children. She connected with an Indigenous Family Violence (IFV) support worker who listened to her story.

After finding her a place at a domestic violence refuge, the support team helped her negotiate the reunification process and provided counselling through the IFV program. The Attach team – another UCW family support program - helped her deal with her drug addiction.

Emily is now the primary carer for two of her children and enjoys the company of all four on weekends. She has been clean for 14 months, has regained her self-confidence and self-esteem, works as a volunteer and is studying Community Service.

“All I needed was for someone to care and help me without judging. If it wasn’t for the help of staff to get me into a refuge, I’d be on the streets or dead,” Emily said.

*Name changed

25 November 2019

The team from our South West Metro Hub support the 16 Days in WA campaign.

  • Gender inequality is strongly linked to violence against women.
  • Women are more likely than men to experience violence from a known person and in their home. Gender-based violence has social, economic, health and welfare costs on children, young people, individuals, families and communities.
  • The Western Australian government is developing a 10 Year Strategy to Reduce Family and Domestic Violence in our state.
  • To drive gender equality and to create a better, fairer and more equitable community, the Western Australian government is also developing a Women’s Plan.
  • In 2018, Western Australia recorded the largest number of family and domestic violence related homicide offences (37 victims) across the nation.1
  • Nearly all Australians (97%) reject the idea that it is okay for men to joke with their male friends about being violent towards women.2
  • The majority of Australians say they would act or like to act when witnessing abuse or disrespect towards women.3
  • One in five 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.4
  • One in six women and one in nine men experience physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15 years.5 Over two in five young Australians (43%) support the statement ‘I think it’s natural for a man to want to appear in control of his partner in front of his male friends’.6

 

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics: Recorded Crime – Victims, Australia 2018
  2. Young Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality, 2017 NCAS, ANROWS
  3. Young Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality, 2017 NCAS, ANROWS
  4. 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)
  5. AIHW: Report on Family and Domestic Violence 2019
  6. Young Australians’ attitudes to violence against women and gender equality, 2017 NCAS, ANROWS
  • Wear something orange throughout the duration of the campaign.
  • Get informed: What is gender-based violence and why is it important to take a stand? To find out more, visit these websites:
  • Find out how to be a positive influencer through the Stop it at the Start
  • Talk to your children and other young people in your life about respectful relationships and check out The Line and the Respect Checklist.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence and/or sexual violence, there is help available.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 000. For a comprehensive list of State and national helplines, please visit the State Government’s Family and Domestic Violence Help and Advice page.