Western Australia’s Government has taken a stand against domestic violence, launching a campaign to stop violence against women in the home.
The government has launched it’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign on November 25, reminding Western Australians everyone has a part to play to prevent domestic violence.
“This issue remains a priority for the McGowan Government,” Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk said.
“We need to hold perpetrators to account, but we also need to change the conversation in our homes, communities and workplaces to end violence against women and children.”
The campaign aims to raise awareness of violence against women in the state and encourage communities to actively change the culture of violence.
It will focus on educating by raising awareness of the impact of violence on women, children and communities, motivating through positive actions and advocating against domestic violence by highlighting organisations supporting victim safety and targeting attacker accountability.
A number of recognisable landmarks across WA including the Bell Tower, Optus Stadium, Perth Arena, Geraldton’s Queens Park Theatre and Museum of the Great Southern Albany will also be lit in orange light as a reminder that domestic violence is every person’s responsibility.
Ms McGurk said the state had the second highest rate of reported physical and sexual violence against women in Australia, behind the Northern Territory, with 50,000 family and domestic violence incidences reported in WA this year.
“The sad reality is that women and their children are overwhelmingly over-represented as victims of family and domestic violence,” she said.
“In Australia, one woman is killed each week at the hands of her current or former partner. The statistics are unacceptable and it’s time to end violence against women and children.”
The campaign is the state government’s contribution to the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
It marks 16 days between White Ribbon Day on November 25 and Human Rights Day on December 10.
The government has also introduced measures against domestic violence, while contributing funding in the Budget to women’s issues.
Premier Mark McGowan said it is the responsibility of the whole community to tackle domestic violence.
“This campaign demonstrates the whole of government, whole of community approach we are adopting to challenge the unacceptable levels of family and domestic violence in WA,” he said.
“To stop family and domestic violence our message must be this violence is not acceptable.”