An open letter from WSLHD’s Integrated Violence and Response Service this Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, including Domestic Violence Remembrance Day on 1 May.

The aim of Domestic and Family Violence Month is to raise awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence and the need to work together to help support, believe and act on this epidemic. 

Domestic Violence Remembrance Day is a nation-wide opportunity to remember and honour people who have been killed by domestic and family violence.

On average one woman every week and one man every month are murdered.

Australia has lost 16 women so far this year due to domestic and family violence and every one of them was loved. Every one of them left behind people and communities who will grieve.

Domestic Violence Remembrance Day is a day to come together, to mourn, remember and draw strength from each other to keep fighting for change. 

Domestic and family violence affects people from all walks of life and includes many forms of abuse, that is not always physical.

Thinking about domestic violence and abuse can be confronting but also important in understanding how to support women and children who are being subjected to abuse.

It is important to break the silence that supports people perpetrating violence against women and children.

If women and children’s voices are not heard then nothing changes and the violence and abuse goes on.

Please join Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) in taking a moment to commemorate, with great grief and sorrow, the women across Australia whose lives have been taken by acts of violence by a person known to them.

We acknowledge their lives and our loss as a community to not have these women among us anymore. 

No one deserves to experience abuse.

If you’re experiencing abuse, want to support someone else, or you’re hurting someone you care about – there is help available.

If you’re in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for Police.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or abuse contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 support.

If you are worried your behaviour is hurting someone you care about, contact the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 for free, confidential and anonymous support.

For more information about the WSLHD Integrated Violence and Response Service, please click here.