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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

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.

In 2021, the WWV virtual campaign theme was ‘Connect, Listen, Believe: Contribute to healthy, happy families in our communities’.
The community stood united against family violence with victim survivors as more than 30 organisations and many more individuals participated in the social media campaign to create a virtual Clothesline with messages to end family violence.

Neighbourhood Justice Centre Clothesline Event Oct 2021

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

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

Download the social media tiles.

Community Members

Draw your message on a T-shirt

Post a photo on social media

Connect with services that can help

Professionals and Volunteers

Organise an activity in your organisation or community.

Access the social media campaign brief for organisations.

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.