Global campaign about family violence matters here too

Published on 22 November 2021


We are proud to support the global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. This campaign raises awareness about increasing gender equality and reducing violence against women and their children.

The 16 Days of Activism kicks off on 25 November, the international day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

This year, we are shining a light on local issues.

Reports of family violence right here on the Peninsula where we live and work are increasing, and the incidents are of a more serious character than before the pandemic.

2,158 family violence incidents on the Mornington Peninsula were reported to the Police last financial year. We know there are many more incidents that go unreported.
Research and evidence demonstrate the cause of violence against women is inequalities between men and women. As a community we all have a role to play in increasing gender equality. You can:

  • Share household chores in the family. Avoid having boys doing maintenance chores such as mowing the lawn and girls having domestic chores such as laundry or cooking - mix it up!
  • Challenge traditional gender stereotypes. Break down the traditional stereotype of men being tough and the breadwinner, free men to be whatever human they want to be! 
  • 'Call it out' when you hear of see disrespectful behaviour. Don’t laugh at sexist jokes. Instead, make a light hearted comment such as “What century are you living in?”                

Everyone has the right to live safely and free from abuse and harm – gender or ageing doesn’t diminish your human rights. If we ignore family violence, things will never change.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing violence within your marriage or partnership, support is available locally at The Orange Door 1800 319 353. Getting help to feel safe is okay! You can also call 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) to speak to a trained Counsellor.

Events during 16 Days of Activism

Become an upstander with bystander training
Most of us know equality starts with respect, but sometimes it can be hard to know how to call out disrespectful or derogatory comments or ‘jokes’. Our bystander training can help. Open to everyone on the Peninsula, this free training will provide you with tips and tools for how you can respond effectively to disrespectful comments.

Our bystander training is great for teachers, sports coaches, mentors, team leaders and anyone who want to make our community a safe place for all.

Join the free online training on 23 and 30 November, 1 - 2.30pm. Booking essential:  
One Billion Stars
Since 2012, 4.7 million stars have been woven in what was initially the “One Million Stars to End Violence” project that came to life in response to the horrific rape and murder of Jill Meagher in Brunswick. Since then, the project has grown into a global weaving movement with stars woven by communities all over the world.
Join the online launch of One Billion Stars on November 25 at 10-11am and visit your local community house between 25 November and 10 December to add your own stars.
16K’s in 16 Days
Support respect for older women and participate in 16K’s in 16 Days – Steps for Respect
More information:

Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Anthony Marsh:
“Unfortunately, the isolation and lockdowns have led to an increase in family violence incidents across Australia. 
“Family violence happens to women of all ages and it is never okay. We all have a responsibility to stand up to unacceptable behaviour and treat those around us with respect.”

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