16 Days in WA

Today marks the start of this year’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign. The campaign runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December.

The Department will be actively supporting this year’s 16 Days in WA campaign, and we encourage you to also get involved and help end violence against women including family, domestic and sexual violence.

The theme for the 2021 campaign is Don’t be silent when you see violence; encouraging bystanders to speak up and contribute to positive change towards the safety and respect of women in our community. 

Recent statistics
  • 65 per cent of assaults recorded in WA in 2020 were related to family and domestic violence — up 15 per cent from 2019. Of the 22,257 victims, 73 per cent – or 16,262 cases – were female.
  • One in two women and one in four men have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15.
  • There were 3,048 victims of sexual assault in Western Australia last year – a 10 per cent increase on 2019. Of these, 86 per cent (or 2,615 victims) were female.
How you can get involved
  • Be part of the change by educating, motivating and advocating in your workplace and community.
  • Call out disrespectful behaviour when you see it, to help build a community that shows respect towards women.
  • Look for and use the hashtag #16DaysinWA on social media, to share information and resources.
Free resources

Check out the campaign kit available for this year’s 16 Days in WA — including fact sheets, posters, social media tools, and resources to help develop understanding and support conversations. The kit also offers ideas for hosting an event, to help raise awareness at your workplace or in your community.
Take a look at the 16 Days in WA website 

Services and support

If you or anyone you know is experiencing family and domestic violence, there is help available. 

  • Call 000 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger
  • 1800RESPECT is the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Service. This is a free and confidential telephone and online counselling service for any person, regardless of age or gender, who has experienced or is at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, and their family and friends. T: 1800 737 732 
  • Crisis Care is an information and counselling service for people in crisis needing urgent help. T: 1800 199 008 
  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline is a Western Australian 24-hour helpline to support women experiencing family and domestic violence. It provides support and counselling, including referrals to women’s refuges. T: 1800 007 339 
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline provides counselling and referrals for male perpetrators, as well as male victims of family and domestic violence. T: 08 9223 1199 or 1800 000 599