16 Days in WA to stop violence against women

Today marks the start of this year’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign. The campaign runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

The theme for the 2022 campaign is Ending Violence Against Women – It’s Everybody’s Business; reminding us that violence against anyone is unacceptable, and that we all have a part to play in breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence by calling out disrespectful behaviour in all areas of life.

The Department will be actively supporting this year’s 16 Days in WA campaign; and we encourage you to also get involved and help end violence against women including family, domestic and sexual violence.

Recent statistics

  • On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.
  • One in three women (30.5%) have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
  • One in two women and one in four men have experience sexual harassment since the age of 15.

How you can get involved

  • Be part of the change by educating, motivating and advocating in your workplace and community.
  • Call out disrespectful behaviour when you see it, to help build a community that shows respect towards women.
  • Look for and use the hashtag #16DaysinWA on social media, to share information and resources.

Check out the campaign kit available for this year’s 16 Days in WA – including facts and statistics, ways to take action, social media tools and resources to develop your understanding and support your conversations. This kit also offers ideas for hosting an event, such as a morning tea or book club session.

Information, services and support

If you or anyone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence, there is help available.

  • Call 000 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.  
  • 1800RESPECT is the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Service. This is a free and confidential telephone and online counselling service for any person, regardless of age or gender, who has experienced or is at risk of a domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, and their family and friends. T: 1800 737 732.
  • Crisis Care is an information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. T: 1800 199 008.
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a Western Australian 24-hour helpline to support women experiencing family and domestic violence. It provides support and counselling, including referrals to women’s refuges. T: 1800 007 339.
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline provides counselling and referrals for male perpetrators, as well as male victims of family and domestic violence. T: 08 9223 1199 or 1800 000 599.

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Page last updated October 07, 2022