Victorians Walk Together to Prevent Family Violence

Violence against women exists in every country, culture and community. Join us as we walk to raise awareness.

Respect Victoria will today participate in the twelfth Walk Against Family Violence to mark the first day of the United Nations’ annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. To learn more about the Walk Against Family Violence, visit the registration page on the safe steps website.

As principal partner of the walk, Respect Victoria is proud to support safe steps to deliver an innovative and unique COVID-safe ‘walk from home’ event on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.  

“The Walk Against Family Violence gives everyone the opportunity to join the journey towards a future where all people are safe, equal and respected,” said Respect Victoria Chair Melanie Eagle. 

“This year, Victorians have proven that we are powerful together. This walk pays respect to victim-survivors and serves as a call-to-action to communities to work together to prevent family violence and violence against women,” Ms Eagle said.   

Victorians are encouraged to wear orange and take a walk around the block, join a friend or family member for a walk, or participate in a local COVID-safe event. 

Respect Victoria’s Respect Women: Call It Out (Respect Is) campaign will run throughout the 16 Days of Activism, highlighting messages of equality and respect and encouraging communities to call out harmful attitudes and behaviours. To view the campaign visit Respect Women: Call It Out (Respect Is).

“The 16 Days of Activism gives individuals, couples and families an opportunity to reflect on what respect and equality looks like at home, at work, and in broader society,” said Respect Victoria CEO Tracey Gaudry. 

“Gender inequality is one of the biggest drivers of family violence and violence against women. The Walk Against Family Violence is symbolic of a collective commitment to lead with respect and equality,” Ms Gaudry said.  

Safe steps CEO Rita Butera said that during 2020, the support service had seen an increase in friends, neighbours, family members and colleagues reach out for support or information on behalf of someone they were concerned about. 

“We know that the community wants to do something positive to help, and we’ve seen the difference it can make. In some instances that difference is lifesaving,” said Ms Butera.

The Walk Against Family Violence ‘walk from home’ event will be held on Wednesday 25 November.

Show your support by organising a walk in your local area, wearing orange and joining in online using the hashtag #WAFV2020.