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What you can do

Here are some examples about how you can take up the challenge to raise awareness about domestic and family violence.

You can also take a look at some community activities that have helped raise awareness.

Community groups and sporting clubs

  • Coaches, club managers, parents and other community leaders should model appropriate behaviour and hold group members accountable when they make sexist remarks, trivialise violence or blame victims.
  • Promote gender equality in your community, religious or sporting club; there is a strong link between gender equality and violence against women.
  • Organise a special event to raise awareness about domestic and family violence and where to get help.
  • Sporting groups can dedicate matches to raise awareness that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated. Some teams wear a special coloured jersey, socks, caps or ribbon to generate discussion, while volunteers hand out brochures to supporters.
  • November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day is on November 22. On these days, or during November, many sporting clubs host a White Ribbon Round or wear a white ribbon or wristband to start positive discussions about attitudes and behaviours in relation to men’s violence against women.
  • Help group and club members experiencing domestic and family violence find support by referring them to the Domestic and Family Violence Portal.
  • Find out how to help someone experiencing domestic and family violence.
  • Get involved in Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month each May.
  • Organise some training for your members and staff through initiatives such as the MATE Bystander Program (bystander training) or the CEO Challenge (training to help people understand how to 'Recognise the signs, Respond appropriately and Refer to support').

Schools

  • Schools play a key role in breaking the cycle of violence by teaching young people how to build respectful relationships and make respectful relationships a common theme for discussion.
  • Order resources to distribute to students to help them understand the issue and where to get support.
  • Encourage students to produce posters depicting respectful relationships and hold a poster exhibition.
  • Find out about the Breaking the Silence Schools Program and become recognised as a White Ribbon School.
  • Hold a gold coin donation event, such as a morning tea or fun run, to raise money for a local domestic violence service and generate discussion that violence against women and children is not acceptable. The funds raised could help pay for school items for children in a local women’s refuge.

Individuals

  • Help a family member or friend who may be experiencing domestic and family violence find support by referring them to the Domestic and Family Violence Portal.
  • Find out how to help someone experiencing domestic and family violence.
  • Fathers have an important role in teaching sons how to respect girls and women. If you’re a dad, think about how you treat—and refer to—women and model appropriate behaviour.
  • Check out the Australian Government’s Stop it at the start campaign that explains how adults—often without meaning to—say things that excuse disrespectful behaviour in young people.
  • If you’re a parent or carer of a young person, read about The Line campaign and how to talk to young people about healthy, respectful relationships.
  • If you hear or witness violence in your neighbourhood, phone the police on Triple Zero (000). Even if you hear the violence stop, you should still contact the police so they can investigate, make sure people are safe, and possibly prevent it occurring again.
  • If you suspect a child is exposed to violence, find out more about what child abuse is and how to report it.
  • If you know someone who is violent or controlling of their partner, contact your local domestic and family violence support service for advice on the best course of action.
  • Consider whether you use violence in your relationship or are at risk of being violent or abusive. If so, contact a domestic and family violence helpline.
  • Challenge sexist comments or jokes that are derogatory or belittling of women; seemingly innocent comments that demean or put down women are part of the continuum of violence and abuse.
  • Host a morning or afternoon tea to raise awareness of domestic and family violence among your family and friends. You could read out points from our brochures and help cards and order extra copies for attendees to take home.
  • Host a fundraising event for a local domestic and family violence support service or donate your time, goods or money to help them. You can find volunteering opportunities on the Volunteering Queensland website.
  • When you see the media reporting inappropriately about domestic and family violence, write a letter to the editor to voice your concern and include a link to the Our Watch National Media Engagement Project.

Helplines

  • In an emergency call the police on Triple Zero (000)
  • DVConnect Womensline
    Phone 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • DVConnect Mensline
    Phone 1800 600 636 (9am to 12 midnight, 7 days)
  • 1800RESPECT
    Phone 1800 737 732 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Sexual Assault Helpline
    Phone 1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days)
  • Kids Helpline
    Phone 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Lifeline
    Phone 13 11 14 (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Find local support.