On the 25th of November, Uniting staff and volunteers across Victoria and Tasmania joined together to participate in the 2022 ‘Walk Against Family Violence.’ The walk marked the first day of 16 Days of Activism, an annual international campaign to raise awareness of gender-based violence.
Uniting was proud to walk in solidarity with victim-survivors and to honour those who have lost their lives to gender-based violence. As one of our specialist AOD family violence practitioners shared, “It was heartening to see so many people walk in solidarity with survivors of domestic and family violence today. It’s thanks to the relentless work of survivor advocates and grassroots organisations around the world over the past 30 years that we’ve reached a point where people from all walks of life – regardless of culture, age, or gender – are standing together and calling out the violence. We’ve come a long way, but there’s still a whole lot of work to do, and lasting change requires a whole community approach!”
Sadly, for many of our consumers, experiences of gender-based violence are a contributing factor in seeking Uniting’s support. Uniting staff witness first-hand the impacts of gender-based violence on the lives of women and children across all our services, not just in family violence. By taking part in the 16 Days of Activism campaign, Uniting affirms its commitment to our consumers and finding real solutions to end gender-based violence.
Learn more about our Family Violence Support Services.