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This is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), and runs until December 10th (Human Rights Day).

It is used as a prevention and awareness strategy by individuals and / or organisations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Heywood Rural Health are recognising this significant campaign by participating in the ‘Clothesline project’ which began in 1990, the idea to hang coloured T Shirts on the clothes line as a way women communicated to each other while hanging out washing. This year we have added rainbow sock to our clothes lines to recognise that people of all gender, sex and sexual orientations can experience family violence and discrimination.

The campaign theme is #RESEPCT IS …….. ‘Call it Out’. Heywood Rural health and sub-regional Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) health services are participating in the 16 days campaign as sign of support and change.

We ask you to promote respect, raise awareness and support people experiencing sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

Don’t forget to wear something orange to support the theme of the campaign by wearing orange which represents a brighter future, free from violence against women and girls on either the 25th November or 10th December (first and last day of campaign).

Key Resources:

People who are experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence:

• Healthy Relationships: Learn more about what are and aren’t the signs of healthy relationships.

• Safety Planning: Safety planning is thinking about things you can do to be safer when living with violence or abuse.

• Escape Bag Checklist: Using this checklist, you can create a list of things that you may want to take with you if you are planning on leaving a relationship.

• Violence and the law: Find links to information, resources and support in each State and Territory.

• Safety apps for mobile phones: Here are a list of apps that may help increase your safety when using devices like mobile phones, iPads and tablets.

#16DaysofActivismAgainstGender-basedViolence #1800RESPECT#HeywoodRuralHealth#CallitOut