Domestic violence and family violence often takes place “behind closed doors”. In the past it was seen very much as a “private family matter” that society should not get involved with.
It can be difficult for those who are, or who have experienced violence to come forward because they may feel isolated, ashamed, confused or just too afraid to speak about their experiences.
Sometimes they blame themselves for the violence because they are been told by their partner on many occasions, that they “provoked” it.
The 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year, commencing on the 25th November (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and culminates on 10th December (Human Rights Day).
Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service & The Cairns Collective Impact on Domestic Violence will be supporting this campaign again this year.
The theme for 2018 is #HearMeToo—focusing on the need to share experiences and stories, not only of abuse & violence experienced by women and girls, but narratives of the advocates, campaigns, services and human rights defenders that work towards a future, that is free of violence, for women everywhere.
Please see our calendar below for details of events and activities happening over the course of the 16 Days. If your organisation is holding activities as part of this international campaign and you would like us to be involved or promote them, please contact to discuss.Download Flyer