From 25 November–10 December Metro South Health is taking a united stand against gender-based violence. This year's global campaign theme is 'Orange the World: UNITE! Activism to end violence against women and girls'. The time for change is here and now. Violence against women is preventable.
Did you know... in 2022, on average one woman every nine days has lost their life to violence in Australia.
Patients and visitors can find information regarding support services at a display in the Orange Lifts Foyer from Friday 25 November to Saturday 10 December.
What we know
- One in three women experience physical violence by another person.
- One in four women has experienced violence by an intimate partner.
- On average, eight women a day are hospitalised after being assaulted by their spouse or partner.
- Domestic violence is the biggest contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged 18-44.
- In 2022, 41 women have already lost their lives to violence (as of 4 November 2022).
- COVID-19 pandemic is associated with an increased risk of violence against women in cohabiting relationships.
Who's at greater risk of family, domestic and sexual violence?
- Indigenous women
- Young women
- Pregnant women
- Women with a disability
- Women experiencing financial hardship
- Women who are about to, or have recently ended a relationship.
What can you do?
Recognise the signs of domestic violence, which may not always be immediately obvious.
Respond, by listening carefully and without judgement.
Refer, by connecting the person to the most appropriate service. That could include a referral to your local social work department, to DVConnect, or to the free Women's Legal Service available at our hospitals.
As clinicians and support professionals, we all have a role to play in preventing domestic and family violence, as well as supporting survivors of violence.
The time for change is here and now. Violence against women is preventable.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, you can contact:
- Brisbane Domestic Violence Service: (07) 3217 2544
- Centre for Women & Co: (07) 3050 3060
- DVConnect: 1800 811 811
- Lifeworks Employee Assistance: 1800 604 640
- 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
If you are in immediate risk please contact Police on 000.