Week Without Violence
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.
In the northern region, the WWV is coordinated and resourced by Women’s Health In the North.
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.
- 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.
Download the Week Without Violence poster.
The poster includes a space where local events can be promoted.
- Power and Control Wheel
- Equality Wheel
- Love Control DVD and Love Control Resource Kit
- Links to family violence statistics