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16 Days of Activism

25 November 2020 to 10 December 2020

From 25 November–10 December Metro South Health is taking a united stand against gender-based violence. The time for change is here and now. Violence against women is preventable.

Did you know... in 2020, more than one woman a week has lost their life to violence.

'Orange the PAH' event

On Thursday 10 December, staff, patients and visitors are invited to 'Orange the PAH' on the final day of the 16 Days of Activism.

Patients and visitors can find information regarding support services at a display in the Orange Lifts Foyer from Wednesday 25 November to Wednesday 9 December, and in the Main Foyer on Thursday 10 December.

Posters

Please click on the below images to view PDF posters.

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 2020, 41 women have already lost their lives to violence (as of 10 November 2020).
  • 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
  • DVConnect1800 811 811
  • Lifeworks Employee Assistance1800 640 640
  • 1800RESPECT1800 737 732

If you are in immediate risk please contact Police on 000.

Resources

Last updated 26 November 2020
Last reviewed 26 November 2020