Categories: General Date: Nov 29, 2016 Title: 16 Days of Activism
Victoria Against Violence is a 16-day, community-based, government supported education and awareness initiative about family and gender violence. The campaign is timed to coincide with the United Nations 16 Days of Activism against gendered violence.
1 in 3 women and girls experience violence in their lifetime. It’s time to stand up as a Victorian and support #VICforWomen.
Violence affects too many families in Victoria, and we all have a role to play in preventing violence in our community. During the 16 Days of Activism, individuals, organisations and workplaces are being asked to be visible against violence by “going orange”. That means wearing orange, and “oranging” your home, neighbourhood, workplace, and sharing it using #OrangeDay. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange is the UN designated (international) colour for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
There are a range of events happening over the 16 Days, including the illumination of iconic Melbourne buildings in orange, and the launch of the first–ever Victorian Gender Equality Strategy. The full event calendar can be found at www.vic.gov.au/victoriaagainstviolence
The following organisations offer 24/7 telephone support, counselling services (online chat) and services for community groups and for people in specific situations.
In an emergency, call 000.
CENTRE AGAINST VIOLENCE – Wangaratta
03 5722 2203 (Mon – Fri 8:00 – 5:00pm)
For confidential support and information call 1800 015 188 family violence response line 24/7.
MEN’S REFERRAL SERVICE (MRS) – 1300 766 491
MRS provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.
1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732
The national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. 24/7 phone and online services.
KIDS HELPLINE – 1800 55 1800
Kids Helpline is a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years. 24/7 phone and online services.
MENS LINE – 1300 78 99 78
Professional support and information service for Australian men. 24/7 phone and online services.
NAPCAN – (02) 8073 3300
Go to the Urgent Help section of the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) website for contact details of agencies which assist with reporting child abuse and neglect.