Festooned with purple balloons saying ‘stop elder abuse’, Seniors Rights Victoria has just participated in the 7th Annual Walk Against Family Violence. Elder abuse is family violence, and most people who suffer from it are women.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered Violence is a global campaign. Around the world, from the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to Human Rights Day, people stand up and take action to realise a vision for a world free from sexual assault, domestic violence and family violence.
The 16 days of Victoria Against Violence will provide a number of platforms for family violence victims to be heard by the community and Members of Parliament. It will engage and educate the wider community about the link between family violence and gender inequality.
A range of events will be held across Victoria by women’s health organisations, councils and community groups to encourage further awareness, engagement and participation. As part of the campaign, Parliament House and other landmarks will also “go orange” – the colour designated by the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign.
Community members and groups are encouraged to visit the Victoria Against Violence online calendar for information about events taking place across the state. The calendar can be viewed at www.vic.gov.au/victoriaagainstviolence
The Andrews Labor Government is allocating $115,000 to the Women’s Health Association of Victoria and family violence regional integration committees to conduct events during Victoria Against Violence.