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Domestic Violence

16 Days in WA

24 November 2023

As part of our commitment to creating a safer, more respectful community, Rise is actively participating in the 16 Days in WA campaign. From November 25th to December 10th, we stand united in the global movement against gender-based violence.

Understanding the Impact:

  • In Australia, one in six women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner since turning 15.

  • In WA, 37% of homicide offences in 2022 were related to family and domestic violence.

  • Nearly 42% of Australians think that a lot of what is called family and domestic violence is really just a normal reaction to day-to-day stress and frustration.

These statistics aren't just numbers. They represent real people in our community.

How to get help

Support is available if you or someone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000.

If it’s not an emergency and you need support, you can call these numbers 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732): National counselling and referral service.

  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline (1800 000 599): Support and referrals for men, including perpetrators seeking change.

  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (1800 007 339): Assistance for women experiencing domestic violence.

  • Crisis Care (1800 199 008): After-hours response for child safety and crisis situations.

  • MensLine Australia (1300 78 99 78): Support for men facing family and relationship difficulties.

  • Sexual Assault Resource Centre (08) 6458 1828 or 1800 199 888): Services for those affected by sexual violence.

You can find more resources by clicking here.

Useful Tools and Resources

  • Family Safety Pack: Information on Australian laws regarding violence, sexual assault, and forced marriage.

  • Your Toolkit: A comprehensive guide on safety, support services, and financial matters for individuals facing family and domestic violence. [Link]

  • Daisy and Sunny Apps: Developed by 1800RESPECT, these apps connect users with local services. Sunny is specifically for people with disability, and has been codesigned with women with disability. [Daisy App Link]  | [Sunny App Link]

Free Events and Learning More

Free Events

  • 16 Days in 16 Films  (Online Film Festival) 

    • Each Day, from 25 November to 10 December, one new short film inspired by 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence will be released online.

  • Midland March that Matters

    • Thursday 30 November, 11:30am – 1:30pm at Juniper Gardens

    • Entertainment, information stalls, guest speakers, free sausage sizzle and a short March led by the WA Police Pipe Band starting at 11.45am.

  • Workplace Sexual Harassment and Active Bystander Training  

    • Friday 1 December, 9:30am – 1:00pm in the Perth CBD

    • Learn about workplace sexual harassment and the important role of an active bystander in contributing to safer, more respectful workplaces. Check it out here: 

  • 33rd March Against Domestic and Family Violence

    • Tuesday 5 December, 10:00am - 1:00pm in Forest Chase, Perth

    • The longest running march against domestic and family violence in Australian history. With stalls from 10am followed by a rally at 11am and the official march at 12pm – 1pm.

Learning More

  • Books: The State Library of WA has put together a curated reading list you can access by clicking here .

  • Podcast:  There’s No Place Like Home is an award-winning podcast putting survivors of family violence at the centre of the story. 

  • TV Series : Safe Home  follows Phoebe as she leaves her job at a prominent law firm to work at a family violence legal centre.

  • Documentary : See What You Made Me Do  features investigative journalist Jess Hill  as she explores important topics about domestic abuse.

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