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Northern Integrated Family
Violence Services Partnership
For professionals supporting the
safety of victim survivors in Melbourne's
northern metropolitan region

Week Without Violence 17-23 October

The Week Without Violence (WWV) is an annual campaign during the third week of October to end violence against women.

Since 1999, the northern metropolitan region (NMR) has marked the WWV, primarily through the Clothesline Project which focuses on raising awareness about family violence.

This year’s WWV messaging is

Listen, Believe, Connect:
Connect with organisations and
people who can help.

Download the WWV poster.

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.
Image by Elizabeth Gray

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.

Campaign information

Download the social media tiles.

Campaign messages are available in English, Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Punjabi,
Sinhalese, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Community Members

Draw your message on a T-shirt.

Post a photo on social media.

Connect with organisations that can help.

Professionals and Volunteers

Organise an activity in your organisation or community.

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

Encourage service users to join the campaign.

20th Anniversary WWV Film

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