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The City of Boroondara is proud to be participating in the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign. The campaign aims to create awareness, facilitate conversations, and challenge the issues of violence against women and gender inequality.

This international campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December 2021 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women). The campaign finishes on Human Rights day.

This year in Victoria, the 16 Days of Activism campaign will be focusing on the theme ‘Respect Women: Call It Out’. The campaign asks us to consider:

  • what violence against women may look like
  • safely taking action to call out inappropriate behaviour when we witness it.

Across the 16 days, we'll be hosting a range of free online community workshops and activities to learn what gender-based violence means and how to support someone you may know experiencing violence.

Impact of COVID-19 on family violence

Family violence rates have increased in Boroondara during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the year ending March 2021, family violence reports to Boroondara police were up 16% with a total of 1,046 incidents reported.

Council is committed to working with Victoria Police and external agencies to prevent gender-based violence and stand together with the community on this important issue.

Council also actively participates in the Boroondara Family Violence Network, which provides an opportunity to collaborate with relevant agencies to address family violence in Boroondara.

Where to find help

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, contact 000 for police assistance.

For a full list of support services available, visit our Family violence page.

Events

Online 3R’s community workshop

The 3R’s online training sessions are delivered by local family violence support service, EDVOSand will focus on how organisations, sports clubs, community groups and individuals can:

  • recognise signs of family violence
  • respond appropriately to disclosures
  • refer to family violence services for help and support.

Date: Thursday 25 November 2021

Time: 10am to 1pm

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Date: Wednesday 8 December 2021

Time: 6pm to 9pm

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Ways to Play

A free, fun and interactive play workshop for families with children aged 0 to 6 years. Each family will receive a free family play kit to take home after the workshop.

Ways to Play will be hosted by local family violence support service, EDVOS and Level Playground.

Date: Thursday 25 November 2021

Time: 10am

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Author talk by Jess Hill

Jess Hill is the author of See What You Made Me Do, an acclaimed book that won the 2020 Stella Prize and has been adapted into a television series for SBS. Jess will deliver a free online event to talk about what controlling behaviour looks like in relationships. 

This event is part of a joint local government initiative in partnership with Knox City Council, City of Monash, Manningham City Council, City of Whitehorse, Yarra Ranges City Council and Maroondah City Council.

Date: Thursday 2 December 2021

Time: 7pm to 8pm

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More information

For more information about these events, please email [email protected] or call (03) 9278 4444.