Frequently Asked Questions

Why focus on men’s violence against women?

All genders can experience sexual assault and family violence. Violence against any person is unacceptable.

But men and women tend to face different types of violence. Men are at greater risk of violence from a stranger in a public place. Women are at greater risk of violence in their home. Women are also at greater risk of violence from someone they know.

National research shows that approximately a third of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a male they know.

Research shows that women experience violence from men at a much higher rate. The research also shows that, on average, the effects are more severe for women than for men.

Women are far more likely than men to:

  • experience ongoing violence
  • need medical help
  • fear for their lives
  • be murdered.

This is why the 16 Days Activist Challenge focuses on men’s violence against women. This is also why the Challenge seeks to highlight and share:

  • information about what causes men’s violence against women
  • the actions to take to prevent and finally end this violence.

Download Act to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women: A Guide for Community Action to read more about:

  • the forms and effects of men’s violence against women
  • how it can be prevented.

What is the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence?

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to:

  • raise awareness
  • advocate for women
  • take action to end violence against women.

This year the campaign runs from 25 November to the 10 December.

25 November 2019 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 10 December 2019 is International Day for Human Rights.

What is the 16 Days Activist Challenge?

The 16 Days Activist Challenge is a campaign to end violence against women. It runs from 25 November to 10 December. Women’s Health West leads the initiative, which is part of the international 16 Days of Activism to Eliminate Gender-Based Violence.

What does the 16 Days Activist Challenge involve?

The Challenge involves committing to actions to promote gender equality and end violence against women. When you register, you can:

  • pick from a list of actions
  • add your own.

You can select options to match the level of action you are ready to take. You can commit to:

  • learn about violence against women
  • reflect on your role
  • educate others about the problem
  • challenge gender inequality.

How many actions do I have to take?

You can take as many or as few as you like! You might choose to take just one action, or one every day for the whole 16 days.

Who can do the challenge?

Do you live, study, work or play in the western region of Melbourne? We would love you to register and be part of the Challenge!

Don’t live, work, study or play in the west? No worries – we would still love you to get involved!

How can I get involved in the Challenge?

Easy! If you want to take action to help end violence against women, then register here.

We will then send you an email that includes the actions you have chosen. During the campaign, we will also send you some reminder emails that contain links to:

  • videos
  • further reading
  • places you can visit if someone you know needs support, or you need support.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Use these platforms to share your experiences and thoughts with other 16 Days Activists!

Can I do the challenge with others?

Absolutely! You can do the Challenge with friends, family members, workmates and teammates. You can register for the Challenge as an individual or a team.

Do campaigns like this really help?

Yes! There is no single ‘right way’ or ‘right place’ to take action to end violence against women. We need to take a range of actions across all areas of society.

Public campaigns are crucial because they:

  • raise awareness
  • start important conversations in our community
  • support community advocacy.

The 16 Days Activist Challenge is important because it challenges myths and assumptions about gender, and violence against women.

But public campaigns are only part of the solution. We encourage you to expand your activism and continue it beyond the campaign.

We have developed some great tips to do that here!

What if I know someone who has or is experiencing family violence? Or what if I need help myself?

If you know someone who has or is experiencing family violence:

  • take their fears seriously
  • refer them to support services
  • take care of yourself as well.

There is information on the Help section of this website. If it is an emergency call 000. If it’s not an emergency you can call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188, or visit the 1800 RESPECT website.

If you are concerned about your own safety, contact the police on 000. Call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) for support, information and counselling services.

You have a right to feel safe and there are people who can help you.