NO MORE Week is March 9-15, 2020, and we want you to get involved.
NO MORE is a movement to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in the U.S in 2013, NO MORE has grown to become the largest coalition of nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, media, schools and individuals working to address and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
Any individual, organisation, or corporation that wants to help end domestic violence and sexual assault can use the NO MORE symbol to show their commitment to this cause—and that is what NO MORE Week is all about—encouraging as many people as possible to stand up and say NO MORE.
The theme for 2020 NO MORE Week is #ChangeHappensHere, because everyone can play a role in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. NO MORE Week coincides with International Women’s Day (March 8th) and is aimed at inspiring everyone to make change to help create a culture of safety, equality, and respect in our communities.
Whether it’s galvanizing your community or workplace, or simply pledging to start conversations about these issues with your friends and family, every action makes a difference. Change happens everywhere. #ChangeHappensHere!
We encourage everyone to make change by hosting a NO MORE Week event. For example, some people may choose to gather a handful of friends to talk about the issues. Others might prefer producing a larger event where college students and faculty come together on campus for an issue-driven discussion. Whatever you prefer, the format, location and scale are up to you.
The goals of NO MORE Week Activities, however, are the same:
- Start conversations and educate people about domestic violence and sexual assault to help eliminate the stigma, shame and blame that surround them.
Encourage action year-round. Use events to help participants learn how using the NO MORE symbol can help raise awareness and support for ending domestic violence and sexual assault in their communities.
Help drive additional resources and support to local domestic violence and sexual assault organisations across the country.
What kinds of activities do you suggest?
The scale and content are really up to you and how much time and resources you have. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to upload photos and information about your event so you can inspire others! Be sure to use #AusSaysNOMORE #NOMOREWeek & #ChangeHappensHere when you post so that we can follow and share.
Whether you are planning a large event or a more intimate gathering, below are some ways to engage attendees in a discussion.
Have NO MORE Week “I Say NO MORE” signs on hand that attendees can personalize. Be sure to capture photos of people holding their personalised signs, and share them on social media with the hashtags #NOMOREWeek and #ChangeHappensHere. These can be downloaded from our website.
Consider inviting one or more speakers from local organisations to discuss the many nuances of domestic violence or sexual assault, how these issues have impacted their family or community, and why talking about these topics are so important.
Display the Australia says NO MORE Ambassador posters in your workplace, lunchroom, waiting rooms or receptions. These can also be downloaded from our website.
Contact a local domestic violence/sexual assault organisation and see what kinds of things they need— toiletries, food, school supplies—and then ask people to bring those items to the event.
If your business name has an "O" in it, replace it with the NO MORE "O" for the week.
Serve NO MORE blue donuts, cookies, popcorn – whatever you can think of to integrate the symbol and the colour into elements of your activity to make it memorable and fun.
Sample Tweets and Facebook Posts during NO MORE Week
We’re celebrating #NOMOREWeek 2020 with [insert event name or link]. Will you join us in saying #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault? #ChangeHappensHere
March 9-15 is #NOMOREWeek. How will you say #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault?
No matter where we are, #ChangeHappensHere. We all play a part in ending domestic violence and sexual assault. #NOMOREWeek
NO MORE [insert your excuse here] #NOMOREWeek [Attach NO MORE Sign Picture]
Join [insert your organisation name] for [insert activity] at [insert location or website] #NOMOREWeek #ChangeHappensHere
[Insert Organisation Name] is saying #NOMORE to domestic violence and sexual assault during #NOMOREWeek. Will you join us? #ChangeHappensHere
We’re celebrating #NOMOREWeek March 9-15. Will you join us [insert followers/friends]? #ChangeHappensHere
The most common form of domestic violence isn’t physical. #NOMOREVerbalAbuse nomoreverbalabuse.org #NOMOREWeek #ChangeHappensHere
Thank you for your support this year and every year.
Together, we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.
Domestic Violence Prevention Month
Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is an annual event held each May to raise community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence and the support available to those affected. The key aims of the month are to:
raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and its impacts;
promote a clear message of no tolerance of domestic and family violence in Queensland communities;
ensure those who are experiencing domestic and family violence know how to access help and support;
encourage people who use abuse and/or violence to take responsibility for their abusive behaviour and seek support to change.
Domestic Violence Remembrance Ceremony
1st Wednesday in May 2020
As part of the Domestic Violence Prevention Month activities a special candle lighting ceremony is held each year to remember those who have died and the ones left behind due to domestic and family violence.
Sexual Violence Awareness Month
Sexual Violence Awareness Month is held each October to encourage Queenslanders to show their support for ending violence of this nature and inform those affected about the help available. Sexual Violence Awareness Week began in 1996 as an initiative of the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence. By 1998 it had become Sexual Violence Awareness Month and had spread throughout Queensland, co-ordinated by Sexual Assault Services in various regions.
For further information contact 1800RESPECT or go to:
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
25 November 2020
In 1999, the United Nations declared November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) with the aim of inviting the organisation of activities designated to raise public awareness.