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 2019
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 2019
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.