16 Days of activism starts today

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Today starts the beginning of the United Nation’s 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence: a global event that calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In Australia, 1 in 3 women (30.5%) has experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

We all need to actively stand together in the fight against gender-based violence. Speak up when someone crosses the line. Every time, everywhere. 

Knowing the types of abuse 

Domestic and family violence can occur in many forms and doesn’t always have to involve physical or sexual violence. 

There are many different kinds of abuse, including: 

  • Physical abuse 
  • Sexual abuse 
  • Financial abuse 
  • Psychological, mental and emotional abuse 
  • Verbal abuse 
  • Control of access to family and friends 
  • Stalking and harassment 
  • Denial of freedom and choice 
  • Manipulation 

If you are unsure about your situation or simply want to talk to someone, there is help available.  

You can call:

  • NSW DV Line on 1800 65 64 63
  • Men’s Referral service on 1300 766 491
  • 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732

We’re better than that 

Central and Eastern Sydney PHN funded a series of videos starring male role models from actor Benny Turland from the Neighbours to Bondi Rescue’s Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins and celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge who share their message to all men: ‘We’re better than that.’ 

The We’re better than that video campaign promotes healthy relationship strategies and raise awareness about different forms of abuse. They highlight how we all have a responsibility to act as active bystanders when we witness any forms of abuse or inappropriate behaviour.