Week Without Violence

11 October 2013

Imagine a week without violence – that’s 7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes, 604,080 seconds without violence against women and children. This year, Week Without Violence is from 14 – 20 October.

Week Without Violence is an annual worldwide campaign that encourages communities to think and act towards creating a world free from violence.

In Victoria, violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness for women aged 15-44 years. This is greater than any other risk factor to Victorian women’s health including tobacco, alcohol-related harm, and physical inactivity combined.

According to Victoria Police reported crime data, women in the western region are particularly at risk of violence. Recent police statistics show that three of the seven municipalities in the western region have a rate of reported family violence that is higher than the state average.

“Women’s Health West has seen an enormous increase in police referrals for family violence, increasing from 2,986 in 2011-2012 to a staggering 4,025 referrals during 2012-2013,” said Stephanie Rich, Health Promotion Worker at Women’s Health West.

“It is critical to acknowledge the gendered causes of violence against women in order to prevent it from happening in the first place.

“By making our workplaces, communities and cultures more gender equitable, we can work towards achieving a western region where women are free from violence.

“Women’s Health West, in partnership with 15 organisations in the western region, is working to create workplaces, cultures and communities that are gender equitable and free from violence.

Preventing Violence Together is the regional partnership to prevent violence against women, comprised of community health, local government, women’s health, primary care partnerships and family violence services.

The partnership is currently implementing the United project, funded by the Department of Justice, to prevent violence against women in the west using a range of gender equity strategies.

 MEDIA: For more information contact Nicola Harte, Communications Manager on 9689 9588 or email nicolah@whwest.org.au