Australia stands together against domestic violence

December 13, 2016

Prominent domestic and family violence prevention advocates, Rosie Batty and Jimmy Bartel, are leading a chorus of influential Australians who have pledged their support of 1800RESPECT’s Stand Together Against Domestic and Family Violence and the 16 Days of Action campaign.

As part of the campaign, Rosie Batty, founder of the Luke Batty Foundation, released a video outlining four simple steps in identifying and responding to someone that is affected by domestic or family violence.

In the video, the 2015 Australian of the Year suggests that anyone, should they suspect that a family member, friend or work colleague is experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence, should adopt the four step approach of asking if she feels safe, naming it as violence, referring her to a specialist and then following-up with her.

The 16 Days of Action campaign runs from November 25 to December 10 and aims to raise awareness of violence against women.  The campaign was launched in conjunction with 1800RESPECT’s Frontline Workers Toolkit and supported by 16 key influential leaders in business and community sectors throughout Australia.

The 16 leaders are drawn from key sectors including domestic and family violence violence, education, local government, not-for-profit, LGBTI, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, legal services, sport, media, youth, mental health, disability, police, defence services, and the corporate sector.

The leaders include Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton,  beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman, former Australian basketball captain and now Rape and Domestic Violence ambassador Lauren Jackson and retired senior officer of Australian Army and 2016 Australian of the Year, LT. Gen David Morrison.  Together they showed a unified and collective representation of support for women and children who are affected by domestic and family violence.

Federal Minister for Social Services, Hon. Christian Porter said the Federal Government takes this issue very seriously because the statistics of women affected each week by intimate partner violence are compelling, alarming and saddening.

“Just during the 16 days of this campaign alone, police will be faced with more than 11,500 matters across Australia,” Minister Porter said.

“This campaign has a particular focus on frontline workers, those whose work everyday puts them in a unquie position to identify and support women and children who are experiencing domestic or family violence.”

Minister for Women, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash said it is a disturbing reality that across Australia police are called to a domestic violence incident every two minutes.

“The Stand Together Against Domestic Violence campaign will assist frontline workers across Australia to become familiar with the 1800RESPECT toolkit and equip them with information to help identify the signs of domestic violence and respond appropriately,” Minister Cash said.

“Developed in consultation with experts and funded by the Department of Social Services, the 1800RESPECT online toolkit has key information on good practice, educational videos with specialists, webinars, tools and resources, and apps.”

“We are encouraging organisations across all sectors to download the toolkit and share it with employees and other organisations,” Minister Cash said.

“Together, we can play a role in better supporting and increasing the safety of women and their children.”

Rosie Batty expressed her gratitude to the frontline workers in Australia who have offered their support for women affected by domestic violence.

“I am continually moved by the groundswell of support against domestic violence. Together, with these key influencers, frontline workers and Australians everywhere can make a difference,” Ms Batty said.

Links:

Toolkit: 1800respect.org.au/toolkit

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QN-_RyAxBs

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

1800RESPECT is the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce violence under the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022.   1800RESPECT is a confidential online and telephone counselling, information and referral service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is for those experiencing the impacts of sexual assault, domestic and family violence.  Victims of sexual assault, domestic and family violence, as well as their family and friends, can call 1800RESPECT or visit the website.

Media contact: Kelli Browne | 0418 356 189 | kelli@1800RESPECT.org.au

Background information for media ;

The 16 key influencers /leaders (organisations and sector) who stood alongside domestic violence prevention advocates Rosie Batty and Jimmy Bartel for the 1800RESPECT’s Stand Together Against Domestic and Family Violence and the 16 Days of Action campaign launch included;

  1. Antoinette Braybrook (CEO, Aboriginal Family Violence Preventions and Legal Service) (Aborignal and Torres Strait Islanders/Legal)
  2. Nicholas Parkhill (CEO, ACON) (LGBTI)
  3. Manita Ray (COO, YGAP) (Youth Services)
  4. Megan Mitchell (National Children’s Commissioner) (Children’s Services)
  5. Georgie Harman (CEO, beyondblue) (Mental Health)
  6. Graham Ashton (Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police) (Police)
  7. Ahmed Fahour (MD & CEO, Australia Post, Male Champions of Change) (Corporate)
  8. Sue Salthouse (Disability advocate, 2015 Canberra Citizen of the Year (Disability)
  9. Lauren Jackson (Ambassador, Rape and Domestic Services Aust and former Captain of Australian Opals basketball team) (Sport)
  10. Coral Ross (former Chair, Australian Local Government Women’s Association) (Local Government)
  11. Michael Flood (pro-feminist sociologist at University of Woolongong) (Education)
  12. Tasneem Chopra (independent Cross Cultural Consultant) (Cultural and Linguistic Diversity)
  13. Kate Jenkins (Sex Discrimination Commissioner) (Human Rights)
  14. Craig Drummond (CEO, Medibank, Male Champions of Change) (Health/Corporate)
  15. Norman Swan (Doctor, Journalist) (Media, Health)
  16. Gen David Morrison (Former Chief of Army, 2016 Australian of the Year) (Defence & Armed Services)

The toolkit can be downloaded at 1800respect.org.au/toolkit. It includes:

  • videos and information about simple practical things you can do to support women including recognising the signs of violence or abuse, and connecting them to support services
  • resources to help workers and professionals understand the different types of violence against women
  • specialist resources for frontline workers and organisations, including an e-resilience training program, information on vicarious trauma and workplace programs
  • technology safety resources
  • resources specifically for working with people from LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) , Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • resources to help women navigate the legal system or know what to expect when going to court
  • resources for working with women in times of natural disaster
  • resources you can give to women (including the Daisy App), or to help raise awareness of support available to women experiencing the impacts of domestic family violence and sexual assault.

Republished 1800RESPECT Media Release 

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