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Respect Women: Call It Out

Respect Women: Call It Out, 16 Days Initiative (25 November to 10 December)

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Coinciding with the international 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Respect Victoria and the MAV have, for two years delivered the Respect Women: Call It Out state-wide initiative that leverages council, NGO and community networks to engage people in conversations about gender equality and respect, and ultimately, contributes to preventing all forms of gender-based violence.

The United Nations international campaign – 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence – takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until the 10 December (International Human Rights Day).

2020 Initiative

The 2020 campaign toolkit and collateral are now available on the 2020 Campaign Resources page.

The 2020 initiative included small grants to all 79 councils and 18 non-government organisations, representing diverse communities across the state. A list of participating councils and NGOs is available in the Participating councils and NGOs 2020 document (Excel - 12.4KB).

Councils and other organisations helped generate conversations about gender equality and respect by organising online and COVID-safe events and activities during the 16 Days (and beyond) such as:

  • Social media posts
  • Podcasts, webinars and virtual panel discussions
  • Participating in the reimagined Walk Against Family Violence
  • Virtual book clubs and StoryTime in conjunction with libraries
  • Developing artwork and online art exhibitions
  • Online training sessions
  • Online competition / trivia / quiz
  • Small grants to community groups for community-led initiatives
  • Street art, banners, posters and lighting up buildings in orange
  • Partnerships and collaborations with other councils, regional networks and local businesses.

In 2019, we produced a booklet (PDF - 2.66MB) that showcases some of the exciting and diverse ways councils and community organisations engaged with their communities during the campaign, as well as providing a summary of findings from the evaluation. A similar booklet for the 2020 initiative will be available in early 2021.

Media Release

Victorians are encouraged to consider what respect means to them during the 16 Days of Activism - joint media release on 23 November 2020  by partners MAV, Respect Victoria, DVRCV and VCOSS.


For enquiries please email Preventing Violence Against Women Policy Adviser, Kellie Nagle, on knagle@mav.asn.au.

Support Services

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. If you believe someone is in immediate danger call 000 and ask for the police.

Safe Steps

1800 015 188
Website: safesteps.org.au
Email: safesteps@safesteps.org.au

Victoria's 24/7 domestic and family violence response centre for victim-survivors. Phone and email services available 24/7. Live web chat is available 9am-9pm Monday-Friday.


1800 737 732

The national sexual assault, domestic violence and family violence counselling service. Phone and online services available 24/7.

Men's Referral Service

1300 766 491
Website: ntv.org.au

Provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men, to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.


1800 105 303
Website: djirra.org.au

Djirra Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services is a culturally safe place where culture is celebrated, and practical support is available.

Rainbow Door

1800 729 367
Website: rainbowdoor.org.au

Rainbow Door is a free specialist LGBTIQ+ helpline providing information, support and referral to all LGBTIQ+ Victorians, their friends and family.

InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence

1800 755 988
Website: intouch.org.au

A specialist family violence service that works with multicultural women, their families and communities.

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800
Website: kidshelpline.com.au

Australia’s only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25.