Taking steps to end domestic violence
The Step Out Speak Out Walk raises awareness about domestic violence and asks men to stand up and say no to violence against women. The annual Walk is organised by NSW Police Eastern Beaches Local Area Command and Randwick City Council.
November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which marks the beginning of 16 Day of Activism, culminating in Human Rights Day on December 10. During the 16 Days of Activism commencing from the 25 November we ask you to Step Out Speak Out and Walk against Domestic Violence with your family, friends, workmates or teammates, usually by undertaking the walk from High Cross Park Randwick to Grant Reserve Coogee.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 our usual event was unable to proceed in 2021, however Randwick City Council and Eastern Beaches Local Area Command continue to work together to raise awareness and take a stand against Domestic Violence.
A small invitation-only event was held on November 26, you can watch the video of the key speakers below.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence there are domestic and family violence support services available:
- Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491
- NSW Domestic Violence Line: 1800 65 64 63
Dress for Respect Installation
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a human rights violation.
The Dress for Respect installation, proudly supported by the Eastern Suburbs Domestic Violence Network, aims to bring more attention to survivors and the impacts of domestic and family violence and sexual assault. The displays were created by local domestic and family violence services to raise awareness, create connections between victims and support services, and encourage community activism to end gender-based violence. The display also aimed to inspire hope for victims as workers have seen how violence has escalated during the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact on so many women in our community.
A special exhibition will be installed at the Lionel Bowen Library and Community Centre, Anzac Parade Maroubra:
Friday 26 November - Friday 10 December, 2021
- Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 5pm
- Saturday: 9.30am - 4pm
- Sunday: 12 - 4pm
Take a look at the Highlights from the Step Out Speak Out (previously Sydney's White Ribbon Walk) from 2019.
If you would like to support women and children affected by domestic violence we recommend donating to the Hope Believe Shine Foundation. The Hope Believe Shine Foundation's purpose is to support women and children affected by domestic violence through fundraising. They do this by raising funds to support best practice specialist domestic violence services that employ staff with appropriate specialist skills and qualifications. These organisations work tirelessly to help women and children affected by domestic violence, working to support them in whatever way they need and for as long as they need. These services play a vital role in our community.
To find out more about the Hope Believe Shine Foundation and to donate please visit the Hope Believe Shine Foundation website.