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16 Days of Activism Against Gender - Based Violence
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender - Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender – Based Violence campaign gives us the opportunity to work together to raise awareness, speak out, and prevent gender-based violence. The 16 Days of Activism starts on 25 November and runs until 10 December.

DPV Health Activities to end Gender-Based Violence  

DPV Health is partnering with Hume City Council, City of Whittlesea, and Whittlesea Community Connections to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.  

To help encourage community members to get involved we are offering activities which include: 

  • Community Walk Against Family Violence
  • Respect in Hume:A conversation with Tarang Chawla  
  • YOUTH ART showcase. 

Ways to get involved 

Everyone has the right to be respected and treated equally, regardless of who they are. If you are victim/ survivor of violence or abuse, know that you are not alone! Your friend, neighbour, or family member may have experienced something similar. 

  • Join in the Community Walk AgainstFamily Violence

    You can join the walk on 3 trails in either Epping/Lalor, Thomastown & Mernda, wear Orange to show your support for a future free from violence. 

  •  ‘Respect in Hume: A conversation with Tarang Chawla’

    Tarang Chawla is a writer, speaker, MC, anti-violence campaigner and mental health advocate from Melbourne. Aligning with the key messages of 16 Days of Activism, Tarang will highlight the importance of ‘Respect’, and how this can contribute to a safe, healthy and equal Hume community. To watch the recording, please visit 

  • Participate in our YOUTH ART SHOWCASE

    If you are under 24 years of age, submit a piece of art that represents your views on gender-based violence, gender inequality or respectful relationships. 

  • Be an active bystander

    When a third-party steps in and becomes an active bystander, it helps to discourage the perpetrator and emotionally support the victim-survivor. It’s not always easy, but it can make a big difference. Learn more about being an active bystander 

  • Know the facts

    Find out the facts and myths about violence against women, so you can challenge common beliefs and attitudes. Visit here to find out more!  

  • Support victim-survivors

    If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. In case of immediate danger call Triple Zero (000) and ask for Police. 

You can also contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732),, the 24/7 national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. 

Interpreting gender inequality through art

Young people from the Whittlesea community participated in the 16 Days of Activism Youth Art Showcase, organized by DPV Health, Whittlesea Community Connections and the City of Whittlesea.

Many submitted captivating art pieces with their interpretations of gender-based violence, gender inequality, respectful relationship and what it means to them.

The Youth Art Showcase event was facilitated and lead by the youth of Whittlesea, with 24 people attending.  At the launch, five artists demonstrated and spoke to their art pieces, which included a heart-rendering poem.​

A few participants shared what they thought of the event:

  •  “I loved it; it was emotional listening to everyone’s stories about their art” ​
  • this event was inspiring and perfect”

Sometimes I wish I could forget my body
And all its implications.
This afternoon I read through an article
About violence against Asian women –
The Atlanta shooting at the top of the list
And South-Asian Kamala Harris
Was threatened by a white man standing
Outside her house.
I don’t really feel anything when I read this
Because this world is far away from me
That I can’t touch it with my own two feet.
I can’t even comprehend what will happen to me
When I look at my face but I know I should be afraid
That is what my mother taught me.
What does it mean to be a woman of colour,
Not just a woman,
And yet again, what does it mean to be an Asian woman?
When I look at my eyes I can’t comprehend the
Sexualisation and assault of my female kin.
And yet the statistics say that Asian women
Are more likely to be assaulted by non-Asians
Than other women.
I can’t really reveal anything else except
That I feel invisible to the world,
Along with the rest of my race,
Bad enough in the past two years there’s been
A so-called ‘China Virus’; kudos to Mr.Trump.
In the past two years I have walked the streets
Of my suburb with an underpinning fear
Of violence and hands.
Can’t I be back in my lands?
No, I don’t belong there either,
Where my gender and my Chinese eyes work against me.
I don’t have a country or a continent to protect my body
But what is a woman without a nation? Herself.


DPV Health Support Services

Counselling and Psychology 

At DPV Health our team of social workers, psychologists, and mental health nurses offer a safe, respectful, and confidential service to suit your individual needs. You can talk to these professionals about many issues, including family violence. We offer face-to-face counselling, casework and group work in a respectful, empathic, non-judgmental way. Our services may help you to manage stress, find a way to cope, build on strengths, develop healthier lifestyles, and explore alternative solutions to the issues you are facing. We can also refer you to other services that are specialised in family violence. To find out more information, click here.

Men’s Behaviour Change Program 

To help address loneliness and feelings of isolation and to help understand family violence, DPV Health offers a 20-week intensive and supportive program that helps individuals understand coercive behaviours and the causes and impact of family violence. The program helps you to make changes to be a better partner/ex-partner or father, overcome feelings of loneliness and isolation, and support your community inclusion.

This program is suitable for men who want to identify, understand, and take responsibility for their abusive behaviours. It is an opportunity to learn new ways to deal with anger without violence, and enhance self-control, self-care, and the safety of your partner and children.

To find out more information, click here.  For more information or to book an appointment with our experienced team, call 1300 234 263 and select option 4.


Get help and support

If you or anyone you know is experiencing family violence or any other kind of abuse, reach out for help. Is someone in danger now? Call 000 for an emergency. To find out more about the support that is available, click here

To find out more on DPV Health’s support services, click here. To book an appointment, call 1300 234 263 or to send an enquiry, click here If you or anyone you know is experiencing family violence or any other kind of abuse, reach out for help.

National Helplines

Name   Number Hours Services offered
1800 RESPECT 1800 737 732 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Confidential information, counselling and support service
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Support for people aged 5 – 25
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Support for mental health
Mensline Australia 1300 789 978 24 hours a day

7 days a week

Relationship and family support for men and boys
WESNET 1800 937 638 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Women’s services network
Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Support for men who use violence and abuse
QLife Australia 1800 184 527 7 days

3pm – 12am

Peer support and referrals for LGBTIQ+ people

State Helplines

Name Number Hours Services offered
The Orange Door
1800 319 355
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Free service for those experiencing family violence
Safe Steps 1800 015 188
24 hours a day

7 days a week

24/7 family violence response centre
Djirra 1800 105 303
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Aboriginal women’s service
Switchboard Victoria 1800 184 527
Every day

10am – 6pm

Support for LGBTQI+ people
Women’s Legal Service Victoria 03 8622 0600


Tues & Thurs

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Free legal services for women
Women’s Information Referral Exchange 1300 134 130


24 hours a day

7 days a week

Information, support and referrals for women, non-binary and gender-diverse people
Women’s Housing Ltd (03) 9412 6868
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Helps women at risk of homelessness
inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence (03) 9413 6500
Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Family violence service, specialised in people from multicultural communities
Dardi Munwurro 1800 435 799


Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Healing and behavioural change for Aboriginal men and youth
Centre Against Sexual Assault 1800 806 292 After hours

5pm – 9am

Support and crisis line

Local Helplines

Name Number Hours Services offered
Salvation Army Crossroads Family Violence Service (03) 9353 1011 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Crisis intervention and family violence refuge
Merri Health Victims Assistance Program 1300 362 739 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Helps people who have experienced violence
Women’s Information Support & Housing in the North (03) 8692 2020 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Support for those experiencing family violence or homelessness, or at risk of homelessness
Latrobe Community Health Service 1800 242 696 Mon – Fri

9am – 5pm

Provides a variety of services


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