CAMPBELLTOWN SAYS NO TO VIOLENCE
A primary role for Campbelltown Domestic Violence Committee is to raise awareness of the impact of domestic and family abuse and provide resources to the community.
The CDVC with this website also aims to support individuals and families experiencing domestic and family violence, by providing information and resources, particularly how to Stay Safe and Where to Get Help. Our website also includes information for those interested in joining the committee, committee activities, as well as current and future events.
Every year the Campbelltown DV Committee is actively involved in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. The Committee and member agencies organise events and activities and promote awareness of gender based violence.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
On 25 November 1960, sisters Patria, Minerva and Maria Teresa Mirabal, three political activists who actively opposed the cruelty and systematic violence of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, were clubbed to death and dumped at the bottom of a cliff by Trujillo’s secret police.
The Mirabal sisters became symbols of the feminist resistance, and in commemoration of their deaths 25 November was declared International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Latin America in 1980. This international day was formally recognised by the United Nations in 1999.
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Gender-Based Violence is 'any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women. This includes threats of violence, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private. To end violence against women, we need to challenge the attitudes that perpetuate, rationalise and normalise that violence, and deny women’s right to safety. Men are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of gender-based violence. To see violence truly eliminated, the attitudes of men need to change. Shifting these behaviours is hard and slow, but gender equality means all of us, and working with all genders is the only way to see true change.
TO REDUCE GENDER BASED VIOLENCE WE NEED
The Gender Equity Project
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WHAT IS GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Women NSW describe Domestic Violence to include violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instil fear. Domestic and family violence can take many forms including emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse.
Domestic and family violence is everywhere in our community; especially behind closed doors. Campbelltown LGA has one of the highest rates of domestic violence incidents in Sydney. This website :
- Explains what Domestic Violence Is and the Different Forms of Family and Domestic Abuse
- Provides information on how to stay safe when leaving a violent relationship
- Provides information on services that can provide support and resources and How to Get Help
- Information on how to join the Campbelltown Domestic Violence Committee
- Provide information of how to get involved in DV awareness raising events/projects
- Provides information on local events being held
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