The Department of Justice supports the ‘16 Days in WA’ campaign and this year hosted @Ruah at an morning tea fundraiser to raise awareness of the culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children.
Director General Adam Tomison said 65 per cent of assaults recorded in WA in 2021 related to family and domestic violence with almost three quarters of those against women and girls.
"Family domestic violence is no good for anyone and we have to recognise that not only is there the immediate harm occurring but there is also damage to the next generation of Australians and the next after that." Dr Tomison said.
"In the Department we provide a range of services to help protect our community and help prevent intergenerational trauma going forward."
This year, the Department called on its staff to donate toys and gift cards to children in need these holidays.
"Through some very generous donations from around the Department, we've collected a large range of toys and gift cards with the aim of sharing some joy over the holiday period," Commissioner for Victims of Crime Kati Kraszlan said.
"People who are impacted by family violence often need to leave everything behind so this is just a show of support from our staff."
Deputy Commissioner for Women and Young People Christine Ginbey said that women in custody were often unaware how profoundly family violence had impacted their behaviours and their lives.
"We so often see that people in our care turn to alcohol and other drugs as a result of family violence," Deputy Commissioner Ginbey said.
"We have the opportunity to help make an intergenerational change for these women while they are distanced from any family violence by offering support and assistance services 365 days a year."
16 Days in WA is in its sixth year and runs from 25 November until 10 December 2022.