My passion for advocacy against family and domestic violence and abuse comes from the understanding and knowing that this is preventable! Hence we need to do better by playing our part.
25th of November 2023, marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. “It is a day to stand together, raise our voices, and take action against the pervasive issue of gender-based violence that affects countless lives around the world” (Lifeline, 2023).
16 Days in WA started on 25 November until 10 December 2023 and I feel grateful to be alive (as a survivor of domestic violence and abuse) and playing my part in this movement together with the government’s mission of ending violence against women and children. The 2023 campaign theme was Stopping Family and Domestic Violence: Play your part.
As a global citizen, I coloured my world orange (theme colour) and played my part by posting on social media to help start the conversations that will help prevent family and domestic violence and abuse. I am a firm believer that violence and abuse are preventable and also encourage change to stop violence against women and children.
Please find links to the videos I shared below: feel free to share, comment or correct my insights.
On Tuesday 5 December we joined together for the 33rd Annual March Against Domestic and Family Violence at Forrest Chase in solidarity with all victim survivors of family and domestic violence and the services that support them. I could be biased but this year was bigger and with more men involved. A highlight for this year’s march was watching Stopping Family Violence CEO Damian Green and all the men stand together in solidarity, which was powerful!
I had the privilege of joining Ruah at their 16 Days breakfast ‘The Puzzle to Solve’ on Wednesday, 29 November 2023 at the National Australia Bank, and what a panellist they had including Tracy Vo, Professor Colleen Hayward, Professor Braden Hill and Bronwyn Bate, inspiring conversations.
On 1 December, I and other victim survivors were privileged to attend a morning tea with the Minister Sabine Winton MLA organised by the Centre for Women’s Safety and Wellbeing, CEO Alison Evans hosting us all as part of 16 Days in WA recognising that, “Our responses to and prevention of domestic and family violence must always be informed by victim survivors’ own voice, lived experiences, knowledge and expertise.”
Surviving domestic and family violence is already a miracle. To then go ahead and work on yourself every day and then help others is a true testament of how resilient we are! From a personal perspective, there is no greater time than this time to honour the voice of the #livedexperience and what we can bring to the high tables!
I also joined the Dart Institute on 6 December 2023 for the official introduction of the Domestic Abuse Resource Training Institute (DART Institute Inc.) held at the Anzac Club WA.
Synergy partnered with Ruah Community Services and as a lived experience advocate I had the opportunity to share my thoughts on why this was important.
That was my part, play your part not just for the 16 days but 365 days a year!