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16 Days of Activism

Violence from a current or former partner is the leading cause of death, illness, and disability for Victorian women aged 15–44 years.

Campaigns like 16 Days of Activism give us the opportunity to work together to raise awareness, speak out, and prevent gender-based violence. 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that starts on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Our campaign in Broadmeadows

DPV Health is partnering with Hume City Council to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, by “orangeing” Broadmeadows. Orange is the theme colour of 16 Days, and celebrates a brighter future.

Keep an eye out for our orange banners, pathway stickers, and fence signs in central Broadmeadows. If you spot our orange campaign, take a picture and share your photo with us!

Tag us on Facebook (@DPVHealth) or Instagram (@dpvhealth_au) #DPVHealth #Respect #callitout #16dayscampaign

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.

1. Wear orange and get your friends to wear orange too!
Orange symbolises a brighter future and a world free from violence against women and girls. Take a photo with your friends and family wearing orange and share it.

2. “Orange” your home
Place something orange on your house porch or window to show solidarity.

3. Read or share books that challenge traditional gender stereotypes
The local libraries will be sharing reading lists for 16 Days of Activism, or ask your librarian to help you. Many ebooks are available to rent on the library website.

4. 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.

5. Get active on social media
DPV Health will be sharing social media posts on the topic of online and image-based abuse, to raise awareness of how gender-based abuse can occur in online spaces. Share these posts to your own profiles to start the conversation in your networks.

6. Know the facts
Find out the facts about violence against women, so you can challenge common beliefs and attitudes.

7. Support victim-survivors
If someone you know has experienced family violence, see what you can do to help and support them.

Calendar of Events (Hume & Whittlesea)

Hume City Council and Whittlesea Council are offering a range of FREE activities that ignite conversation, encourage change, and work towards a future where everyone is safe, equal and respected. To download the calendar of events please click on below.

 

 


Online Harassment

Online abuse

This year for 16 Days of Activism, DPV Health is raising awareness of gender-based discrimination that can occur online.

Image-based abuse

Sharing someone’s intimate images or video without their consent is a violation of trust. It’s also illegal.

This is called image-based abuse. Women and girls are twice as likely to experience image -based abuse. This is a gendered issue.

Has someone shared your images without consent? Is someone threatening to do that? You have rights, and support is available. eSafety has information that explains how to report images or posts online. Or, you can speak to us at DPV Health, call 1300 234 263.

Compared to men, women are more likely to experience online harassment, abuse, threats, and stalking. This is not OK. Everyone should be able to live free from violence and intimidation – including in online spaces.

Threatening, harassing or stalking someone online can be illegal

Are you worried about your safety online? Have you seem something concerning? eSafety has an online guide that explains what to do about online abuse. Or, you can speak with us at DPV Health – call 1300 234 263

Enthusiastic consent

Whether you’re being intimate online or in person, enthusiastic consent is essential. It’s not OK to pressure, trick or force someone into an intimate act, or into taking or sharing intimate photos.

Consent must be freely given – an enthusiastic “yes” for every act, every time. It is everyone’s responsibility to check in and make sure their partner is feeling comfortable. If someone looks nervous or sounds uneasy, just stop.

 


DPV Health Support Services

At DPV Health, we offer support services.

Partnership with Orange Door

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children. DPV practitioners within the NEMA Orange Door work with men who use family violence, supporting them to take steps toward accountability, change and safety.

The service is an intake point for mens’ family violence services such as Men’s Behaviour Change Programs and Caring Dads.

Counselling and Psychology

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 emergency.

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

 

 

COVID-19 Lockdown Update

All DPV Health sites will remain open for emergency and medical treatments, however, some services will be affected.

Clients with existing appointments will be contacted to reschedule or convert their appointment to Telehealth.

Please call 1300 234 263 for more information.

For mental health support during these difficult times, our Head to Help service is available on 1800 595 212.

If you have an appointment with DPV Health, please click below to check the current COVID-19 exposure sites prior to attending.