Wanted: Champions for Change

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BRHS is looking for staff members interested in being Champions for Change – a group that promotes safe and respectful relationships toward women and girls at the health service and in the community.

Participants will receive training and resources to support them in the role, and will have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make a positive change in their communities.

If you work at BRHS and want to play a role in preventing violence against women and children, contact Heather Watts or Jane O’Shannassy in the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence team on ext. 66239.

Violence against women is a serious issue in Australia, causing highly detrimental individual and social outcomes together with significant economic impacts to all parts of society.

In just the first 10 months of this year, 48 women were killed in Australia, most at the hands of a family member.

This is more than one woman killed every week.

These statistics illustrate the urgent need to make changes to cultures that enable disrespect, inequality and violence:

  • 1 in 3 Australian women will experience some form of physical abuse in their lifetime. Most female abuse is at the hands of someone who once said, ‘I love you’, or from a trusted friend or professional.​
  • Every day, 8 women are hospitalised with critical injuries inflicted by an intimate partner.
  • Intimate partner violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness in Australian women aged 15 to 44.
  • Relationship violence is the main cause of homelessness.
    • In 2016-17: 72,000 women, 34,000 children and 9,000 men sought homelessness services due to relationship violence.
  • Australian police attend a ‘serious domestic dispute’ every 2 minutes around the clock – that’s 720 times a day.​
  • 95% of all victims of violence – men and women – report a male perpetrator.
  • 1 in 4 Australian children are exposed to family violence. Last year 27 children were killed.

All women, all people actually, have a right to feel and be safe at home, school, work and on our streets.

If you want to play a part in preventing gender-based violence and promoting gender equality, Our Watch says there are four simple actions everyone can take:

  • Be a positive bystander, speaking up when you see or hear something that is sexist, abusive or discriminatory.
  • Challenge gender stereotypes and celebrate diversity.
  • Reflect on your own attitudes and behaviours.
  • Become a vocal advocate for gender equality

Our Watch is a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.

Learn more about Our Watch at www.ourwatch.org.au