Respect Victoria announces cross-sector partnerships for 2021 grassroots 16 Days of Activism campaign

Respect Victoria partners with Domestic Violence Victoria and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria to extend the reach of community initiatives.

Respect Victoria is delighted to partner with Domestic Violence Victoria and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DV Vic/DVRCV) for this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. 

Each year, Respect Victoria runs and supports a number of initiatives during the 16 Days of Activism in November and December, with a strong focus on encouraging community conversation and action on preventing violence against women and family violence. 

This year, Respect Victoria has awarded funding to DV Vic/DVRCV to support community activities across the state, with the aim of reaching diverse Victorian audiences. 

“We are thrilled to be able to support our colleagues at DV Vic to develop and deliver the grassroots element of this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign,” said Respect Victoria Acting CEO Amy Prendergast.  

DV Vic will partner with the Municipal Association of Victoria, Victorian Council of Social Services, No to Violence, and Gender Equity Victoria thought its support of Women’s Health Services Council on the project.

“Each organisation involved in this project has a fantastic track record promoting primary prevention and supporting communities to take action to call out gender inequality, discrimination and sexism,” said Ms Prendergast.  

A series of small grants will be distributed by DV Vic to Victorian community organisations and councils, to develop and promote local initiatives and engage audience across the state.  

“We’re pleased to be working alongside Respect Victoria and partners across the local government, women’s health, social services and perpetrator intervention sectors to support specialist family violence services, local councils, and other community organisations in this grassroots campaign,” said DV Vic/DVRCV CEO Tania Farha. 

“Engagement across Victorian communities is critical to expanding the conversation and building momentum to prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women, before it occurs.” 

Respect Victoria has also partnered with Safe Steps Family Violence Resource Centre to support the Walk Against Family Violence, a significant annual event that takes place on the first day of the 16 Days of Activism, to take a stand against family violence in all its forms and promote the importance of prevention of this violence.  

The 16 Days of Activism will begin on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. It will run until December 10, Human Rights Day.

Respect Victoria is proud to collaborate with organisations across sectors to spark conversations, encourage change, and work towards a future where everyone is safe, equal and respected.

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