Week Without Violence

20th Anniversary

14-20 October 2019

The Week Without Violence (WWV) is a global campaign to end violence against women. The campaign occurs in the third week of October, each year.

Since 1999, the northern metropolitan region has had a proud history of participation in the WWV, primarily through the Clothesline Project, which focuses on raising awareness about family violence.

View the 20th Anniversary Week Without Violence film celebrating the history in the region.


This October 2019, more than 50 events were held in the northern metropolitan region for the WWV, with the majority being a Clothesline Project activity.

Activities are often run in group settings or through displays.

In the northern region, the WWV is coordinated and resourced by Women’s Health In the North.

Key Messages


What is the Clothesline Project?

The Clothesline Project is a popular WWV activity for women and their supporters to participate in. The concept is simple: each participant expresses their feelings about family violence, using words and/or artwork to paint on a T-shirt. Once finished, the participant hangs the T-shirt on a clothesline. The clotheslines are then displayed in organisations and public spaces throughout the region.

A paper T-shirt template is available.

Find out more about what participants can paint on their T-shirt.

Key Messages

  • Family violence is serious, prevalent and preventable.
  • Family violence is a crime that is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men against women and children. It is both a cause and consequence of gender inequality.
  • 1 in 3 Australian women over the age of 15 has experienced physical or sexual violence and/or emotional abuse by an intimate partner.
  • Family violence takes a profound and long-term toll on women and children’s health and wellbeing, on families and communities, and on society as a whole.

Resources to support your  campaign activity

Download the Week Without Violence poster.

The poster includes a space where local events can be promoted.


Response and referral:

What does a campaign involve?

How: Become a campaign facilitator and host an activity.

What: Organise an activity in your organisation or community.

Where: Find further information about approaches in Group Settings and Display Settings.

History of the Week Without Violence

The Week Without Violence is an initiative created by YWCA USA in 1995. Over the past two decades, organisations around the world have hosted community events to end violence against women.

Activities focus on raising awareness, promoting attitude change and enabling individuals and organisations to begin positive actions towards ending violence in their communities.

History of the Clothesline Project

In 1990 a coalition of women’s groups in Massachusetts, USA, developed a program to break the silence and bear witness to the prevalence of violence against women.

The Clothesline Project was designed to:

  • act as an educational tool for those who come to view the clothesline;
  • act as a healing tool for anyone who made a T-shirt; and
  • allow those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.