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Published Friday 18 November 2022
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Promoting respect to all in Mitchell Shire

Mitchell Shire Council is once again standing united alongside its community for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

The 16 Days of Activism begins on Friday 25 November, the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on Saturday 10 December, Human Rights Day.

As a municipality with significantly high family violence rates, Council, alongside our partners, is making it clear that this is not tolerated or accepted within our community.

Mitchell Shire is ranked number 11 out of 79 Victorian Councils for family violence incidents. Recent data has also shown high levels of younger people being affected.

The 2022 campaign theme, led by Respect Victoria, Safe and Equal and Safe Steps, is ‘Respect Women: ‘Call it Out’ (Respect Is).

This is a positive message that aims to support Victorian communities to engage in conversations about ‘respect’ – what respect means, what respect looks like and respect as the building block of all healthy relationships.

There is no single cause of violence against women, but current evidence, outlined in Change the Story: A Shared Framework for the Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women and Their Children in Australia, demonstrates higher levels of violence against women are consistently associated with lower levels of gender equality in both public life and personal relationships.

This year, Council, alongside more than 15 partner agencies, community groups and schools across the shire have collaboratively organised a range of activities, workshops and opportunities to support respectful relationships and act collectively to make an impact and take a stance.

Community members are encouraged to come to the launch of the 500 Stars for Mitchell Campaign. The Mitchell community, organisations and schools have been weaving paper stars to create a visual display.

Each star represents a show of support and effort to raise awareness for prevention of family and gender-based violence in Mitchell Shire.

The launch is on Tuesday 6 December from 2pm to 3.30pm at the Broadford Living and Learning Centre and free afternoon tea will be provided. The display will be open until Wednesday 23 December.

A Speak Up event will also be held to raise awareness about impacts of violence against women and supporting respectful relationships. The event is partnership between the Northern Legal Community Centre and Mitchell Shire Council.

There will be a free dinner and activities including t-shirt and flowerpot painting.

T-shirt painting will contribute to the global Clothesline Project initiative that has been running for 25 years.

The project uses a visual display of t-shirts on clotheslines to raise awareness about family violence. It’s a great way to create messages and images on t-shirts to support women and children who have experienced family violence.

The Speak Up event is on Wednesday 30 November from 4.30pm to 6pm at the Greater Beveridge Community Centre.

If you or someone you know needs help or support, the following services are available:

  • The Orange Door: 1800 634 245
  • Safe Steps (24/7 Family Violence Response Line): 1800 015 188
  • 1800 RESPECT (24/7 sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service): 1800 737 732
  • Nexus Primary Health: 1300 773 352
  • Men’s Referral Service: (24/7 professional support and information service for Australian men): 1300 466 491
  • Seniors Rights Victoria: 1300 368 821
  • The Bridge Youth Service: Seymour 5799 1298 or Wallan 5799 1298
  • Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative: 5820 0000
  • Rainbow Door: 1800 729 367
  • InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence: 1800 755 988

Quotes from Mayor Fiona Stevens

We're standing with our community by taking part in the 16 Days of Activism campaign to take a stance against violence.

The high violence rates in our shire are alarming and it’s vitally important we take any action we can to reduce it.

I hope to see community members getting involved and standing united to make a statement that violence will never be tolerated.

We must come together to acknowledge the problem as we work towards gender equality to prevent family violence.

This page was last updated on 18 November 2022.