16 days of activism 2018

16 days of activism 2018

Throughout the 16 Days of activism we will be bringing to the forefront the voices of the women and children who have experienced family violence. The campaign commences each year on 25th November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - and concludes on 10th December - International Human Rights Day.

Day one: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Find out how we support women who have experienced family violence





Day two: Diana's story - from living in her car in a McDonald's car park to rebuilding her life


Day three: what women tell us about their experiences of family violence


 Day four: ‘You’re never as alone as you feel': women in our safe house give messages of hope to others.

Day five: the role of men in calling out everyday sexism is important if we are to eradicate violence against women and girls.

Watch the Respect: Call it out video to see how men can challenge disrespectful behaviour towards women.

Day six: children see and hear violence too

One of the unique features of our work is our focus on directly addressing the trauma to children who have lived in a household marked by family violence. Last year half the children we supported were aged under five.

Day 7: the terrible impact of family violence

Visit Our Watch to learn more about how prevalent family violence is and the damage it causes.

Day 8: children's voices

Seven-year-old Amal painted this striking image of 'heaven and hell' while staying in our safe house. 

This is one of many evocative pictures contained in the book of artwork of children and women staying in our safe house: 'Smarty pants, kitty or tiger?' collated and authored by Sr Nicole Rotaru RSM.

Day nine: stop it at the start

See this thought-provoking video on how children absorb adult attitudes towards women

Day 10: community attitudes

Read the results of the comprehensive national survey of Australians' attitudes towards gender equality and violence against women.

Day 11: family violence crisis calls increasing

Day 12: economic abuse 

Read how we support women who've experienced family violence to get jobs.

Day 13: excuses trivialise women's experience of violence


From a young age, boys and girls start to believe there are reasons and situations that make disrespectful behavior acceptable. We might be surprised that saying things like “it’s ok, he just did it because he likes you” and “boys will be boys” excuses this behavior in the minds of young people. Visit Respect Australia to learn more about some of those attitudes and their impact.

Day 14: homelessness is too often the result of violent relationships


In Victoria, 23,300 Victorian women over 15 came to homelessness services in 2016-17 due to family violence. Sam’s Story, prepared by the Council to Homeless Persons, is an illustration of the impossible circumstances that many of those women will find themselves in.

Day 15: gender equality must be addressed if family violence is to be eradicated



Gender inequality provides the underlying social conditions for violence against women. It operates at many levels – from social and cultural norms (the dominant ideas about men and women in a society), to economic structures (such as the pay gap between men and women), to organisational, community, family and relationship practices. Read more: Our Watch

Day 16: adequate social housing must be part of the solution

Without adequate and affordable housing, women often have no alternative but to remain in violent relationships. We have joined Everybody's home, a campaign which has identified five simple ways that homelessness could be eradicated. Lend your voice to this call for real and lasting solutions.