For 16 days in November and December, the community is invited to take a part in encouraging change to stop violence against women.
The annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign takes place from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, which is Human Rights Day.
Now in its fifth year, 16 Days in WA draws inspiration from the global movement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence to drive a change in culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children.
You are invited to create change during the campaign – to educate, motivate and advocate in your community, and stand up to stop violence against women.
Don't be silent when you see violence.
How you can get involved and show your support
16 Days in WA has motivated many communities to consider their attitudes and values, take action and create awareness of an important cause in the State.
How will your organisation or community group get involved and support this initiative?
Visit the Resources page to download a range of items that you can use to share and promote the campaign message. You can also download the campaign kit with ideas of how to get involved in the 2021 campaign.
Want to find out more about the issue of violence against women? Visit our facts and statistics page.
Agents of change
Members of the community are joining the Hon Simone McGurk MLA as 16 Days in WA Agents of Change. They have been chosen to share campaign messages and create awareness about the importance of stopping violence against women.
To help raise awareness of this year’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women, a selection of prominent landmarks across Western Australia will be lit up in orange – the global campaign colour to promote an end to gender-based violence. Check out the landmarks in the Perth metropolitan area. Share your images on social media with the hash tags #16DaysinWA #StopTheViolence #DontBeSilent.
Help and support is available
Support is available if you or someone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence.
For a comprehensive list of State and national helplines, please visit our Family and Domestic Violence support and advice page. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 000.
In addition, the Kids Helpline provides a telephone and counselling service for children and young people aged five to 25 years.
Information is also available about culturally appropriate programs that support people from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are experiencing family and domestic violence. Find out more from our Family and Domestic Violence services and resources page.
Visit some of the websites below for more useful information:
- Centre for Women's Safety and Wellbeing
- Communicare Breathing Space
- eSafetyCommissioner – women
- eSafetyCommissioner – young people
- Family and Domestic Violence Strategy
- Stopping Family Violence
- Stronger Together – WA’s Plan for Gender Equality
- WA Respectful Relationships Teaching Support Program
- White Ribbon Australia