Held on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Walk Against Family Violence provides an opportunity for families and communities of those affected by family violence to show their commitment to ending violence against women and children.
One in three women in Australia are affected by family violence – yet, the scale and true nature of it in Australia is often hidden.
With an average of more than one woman a week having lost her life due to family violence in 2015, CEO of safe steps Family Violence Response Centre, Annette Gillespie calls for unity as a community “against those who prey on our most vulnerable.”
The Walk not only honours the memory of those lost to family violence, but draws attention to the multifaceted impact it has on the entire community.
Earlier this year, The Royal Commission into Family Violence made 227 recommendations to the Victorian State Government.
Premier Daniel Andrews has said he will implement all recommendations stemming from the report to “overhaul our broken family violence system from the bottom up.”
Since the report, the Victorian Government has introduced significant reforms and funding initiatives to support the Family Violence sector and the services it provides for women and children.
However, continued mobilisation as a community is essential to work towards the elimination of family violence once and for all.
The Walk Against Family Violence will depart from Federation Square Melbourne at 1pm and will walk through four major CBD streets. Other activities, including musical acts and guest speakers are also planned for the day.
If you or someone you care about is living with an abusive partner or family member call safe steps Family Violence Response Centre 24/7 on 1800 015 188.