Support our work to end violence against women

We are committed to creating a world where women and their children are safe from violence, and where a culture of gender equality and fairness exists to protect the rights of all people.

Sadly violence against women is all too common in our community – current research paints a disturbing picture.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported in 2006 that one in three women over the age of 15 have experienced physical violence and one in five have experienced sexual violence. In 2005, ABS statistics revealed over 350,000 women experienced physical violence and over 125,000 women experienced sexual violence. But these numbers are considered conservative.

More frightening still is that these incidents are not decreasing. The ABS found no reduction in rates of women who reported partner violence between the 2005 survey and one undertaken in 2012, despite numerous programs and initiatives launched in that time.

In Canberra, calls for help to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service have surged by almost 50 per cent over the past five years. The service received 13,959 calls to its emergency line last financial year, which was a rise of 47 per cent from 2008-09 figures. In fact, every three hours on average, a woman is admitted to hospital in Australia as a result of domestic violence.

In 2015, the Canberra community has seen three deaths as a result of domestic violence in a three-week period in March, and there has been a groundswell of community action calling for a response to this epidemic in the aftermath. As at June 2015, 47 women have been killed violently in Australia in 2015 alone, with an estimated two-thirds killed at the hands of an intimate partner or family member[1].

So what can we do about it, and how can you help?

Research tells us that an integral part of reducing violence against women and children is primary prevention. By targeting school-aged children, we can enact a cultural change that will lead to an overall reduction of violence against women and children in the long-term.

So in response, we’ve developed two evidence-based primary violence prevention programs:

  • Respect, Communicate, Choose (RCC) is our program aimed at young people aged 9-12. It is a comprehensive eight-week program delivered in primary schools, which builds skills and capacity in young people to recognise and behave with respect, and to be active bystanders when aware of disrespectful behaviour.
  • Relationship Things (RT) builds on RCC and is aimed at young people ages 14-18. The program is designed to be facilitated to small groups of young people, and covers topics including consent, safe sex, violence against women, gender equality, communication and more.

Our goal is to make these programs and resources as widely available as possible, across the ACT. Here’s how you can make an impact:

  • $800 will pay for one school to have two teachers trained in delivering best-practice respectful relationships and primary violence prevention programming.
  • $2000 will help us keep Relationship Things Online updated and maintained annually, ensuring we can provide young people with up-to-date and relevant respectful relationships resources.

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[1] Destroy the Joint, Counting Dead Women Australia 2015, https://www.facebook.com/notes/destroy-the-joint/counting-dead-women-australia-2015/819933134721099