The Week Without Violence (WWV) is an annual campaign during the third week of October to end violence against women. This year the WWV will be held between 18-24 October 2021.


Join the Week Without Violence Campaign

This year’s theme is ‘Connect, Listen, Believe: Contribute to healthy, happy families in our communities’.

Campaign messages are available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Hindi, Punjabi, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Download the social media tiles.

Community Members

Professionals and Volunteers

The Clothesline Project Week Without Violence Clothesline Project T-shirt watercolour. Two children, standing under a tree reach towards the sky filled with a pink sunset and underneath the letters WWV.

Every year hundreds of people across the NMR mark the WWV by painting T-shirts. The Clothesline Project concept is simple: each participant expresses their feelings about family violence, on a T-shirt. The T-shirt then hangs on a virtual or real clothesline displayed by organisations or in public spaces throughout the region.

                                                                              Image by Elizabeth Gray

Messages to Share with your T-shirt on Social Media

  • This is the Week Without Violence. Together we can end family violence.
  • Join the Week Without Violence campaign and contribute to healthy, happy families in our communities.
  • I’ve joined the Week Without Violence campaign. Everyone deserves to feel safe and respected.
  • During the Week Without Violence, it is a reminder to connect, listen, and believe people who talk about their experience of family violence.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. Contact Safe Steps 24/7 on 1800 015 188. Call 000 if you are in immediate danger.

When you share these messages on social media, add this hashtag: #WWV and link to

You can also link to the NIFVS family violence posters, so people experiencing family violence know where to go to get help.


20th Anniversary WWV Film

View the 20th Anniversary Week Without Violence film, created in 2019 to celebrate the history in the region.

Resources to Support your Campaign Activity

Download a paper T-shirt template.

Get inspired about what to draw on a T-shirt.


Response and referral:

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.