- Respect starts with you' theme announced as fourth 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign launches
- 2020 campaign includes a specific focus on young people and the role they can play in breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence
- Western Australians encouraged to wear orange, attend events and take action in their communities to show their support for an end to gender-based violence
This year's 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign has been launched by Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk at Western Australia's new museum, Boola Bardip.
The 2020 campaign theme is 'Respect starts with you', in support of equality, respectful relationships, violence-free spaces and safer communities. All of these are key to stopping violence against women.
Minister McGurk was joined by more than 100 business, community and government leaders for the launch, which marks the beginning of 16 days of actions and events - many of which are being led by the Western Australian community.
Now in its fourth year, the campaign has a specific focus on young people, acknowledging that generational change is crucial if we are to achieve long-term success and stop gender-based violence in our communities for good.
Alarmingly, one in five Western Australian women report experiencing partner violence since the age of 15.
Young people can lead the way in shaping positive attitudes at an early stage and breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence by insisting on healthy and respectful relationships.
The campaign also encourages community awareness and understanding, to challenge and stamp out views that allow victim blaming to occur and can prevent survivors from seeking help and support.
16 Days in WA runs from today (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) through to December 10 (Human Rights Day). The campaign takes its inspiration from the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.
Significant landmarks across the State - including Matagarup Bridge, Optus Stadium, Graham Farmer Freeway Tunnel, East Perth Power Station and the museum's whale skeleton - will again be lit in the campaign's theme colour of orange in a show of support for an end to violence against women, children and their families. Individuals, businesses and community groups are encouraged to take part and do their bit to help end violence against women.
Further information on the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women and a campaign kit, which includes a list of 16 ways to take action, is available online.
Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:
"No matter what is going on in the world, violence against women is never okay.
"We all have a responsibility to help stop the violence in our communities - whether that involves speaking out against victim-blaming, developing workplace policies to support survivors, modelling respectful relationships for others or supporting the 16 Days in WA campaign by wearing orange.
"As Western Australia's first dedicated Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence, I am proud to have led this campaign over the last four years and delivered record additional investment in measures to respond to the high rates of family and domestic violence in this State.
"The campaign theme of 'Respect starts with you' is about promoting equality and respectful relationships, which are key to breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence.
"I encourage every Western Australian - individuals, businesses and community groups - to be part of 16 days in WA and do their bit to help end violence against women.
"Together, we can create a future where we are all able to live free from violence."
Minister's office - 6552 6600
Facts and figures:
- Almost a third (30% or 125 victims) of all homicide and related offences (including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter) in Australia in 2019 were family and domestic violence related. WA recorded 12 victims.
- One in five Western Australian women reported experiencing partner violence since the age of 15.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women account for 67% of hospitalisations due to family and domestic violence in WA.
- 63% of assaults in WA were family and domestic violence-related in 2019.
- The number of family and domestic violence-related victims increased in most Australian jurisdictions between 2018 and 2019. In WA, this number increased by 10% to 19,437 people.
- 49,198 Police Domestic Violence Incident Reports were triaged in 2019-20. Children were present in 15,832 of these cases.
- 11,975 family violence restraining orders were lodged in WA in 2018-19, equalling 75% of the total restraining orders filed.
- As many as 56% of youth homelessness cases in WA are linked to family and domestic violence.
- Family and domestic violence is a leading cause of women's homelessness. Domestic violence accounted for 55.8% of the accommodation support from specialist homelessness agencies in WA in 2017-18, up from 45.1% in 2012-13.