16 Days of Activism



Call It Out Logo - 2021

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16 Days of Activism 25 November – 10 December 2021                                

We are once again proud to support Respect Victoria to deliver its Respect Women: ‘Call It Out’ campaign. The campaign is part of the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25 November to 10 December. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Respect Women, Call it Out’ (Respect is…) and messages of equality and respect will be highlighted across the state.

This campaign aims to support the Victorian community in understanding what respect means, what it looks like, and how to put it into practice in their everyday lives. We have an opportunity to support our communities to understand what gender equality looks like and how striving for equality can prevent violence against women. When gender equality exists, we all benefit.

Gender inequality involves devaluing or disrespecting women or women’s contributions. Research has consistently found that these forms of disrespect increase the likelihood of violence against women.

Respect Victoria wants to inspire action and to encourage members of the public to embrace the types of behaviours and actions that represent and personify ‘respect’.

We are working with our health networks, libraries, local businesses and community groups to spread this important message and prevent family violence.

What we read has a strong influence on what we think. Our libraries have selected and displayed books for children, young adults and adults alike that promote gender equity and challenges stereotypes. Visit one of our libraries to check out the display, borrow a book and receive a free RESPECT is…bookmark.

For more information, visit Respect Victoria

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, help is available. In an emergency, call 000.

Hear from our leaders 

Trevor Ierino - Indigo Shire Council CEO

Respect is the beginning of every success.

Healthy workplaces originate in respect.

Professionalism and leadership is respect for every member of your team.

Respect is non-negotiable in a healthy workplace.

Respect gives ability to diversity and creativity.

Respect is the starting point for every positive outcome.

Melinda Collis - Executive Manager Engagement and Communications

Respect is actively listening and valuing another person’s right to voice an opinion. It’s about humility, compassion and empathy and most of all for me, it’s about acceptance.

Mark Florence - Director Community and Economic Development

Respect is the fundamental value in building trust

Nicky Jarvis - Acting Executive Manager People and Governance

Respect for me is valuing other people’s perspectives, time and space.

Jane Still - Senior Governance Advisor

Respect is… actively seeking to understand the perspective of the person in front of you, listening to that perspective without judgement, and having the humility to change in response to it. 


Support Services


Talk to a free, confidential counsellor, 24 hours 7 days a week, call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188. Safe Steps is a family violence support centre providing assistance for all women (including transgender women), as well as their children. 


Family violence support and safety hubs.

To find your nearest location, visit the website orangedoor.vic.gov.au


Djirra is a culturally safe place where culture is celebrated, and practical support is available.

Call 1800 105 303 or visit the Djirra Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention and Legal Services website djirra.org.au


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

Call 1800 755 988 or visit the InTouch website intouch.org.au


1800 55 1800

Kids Helpline is a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years.

Phone and online services available 24/7.



Rainbow Door is a free specialist LGBTIQ+ helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQ+ Victorians, their friends and family during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Call 1800 729 367 or visit the Rainbow Door website.


Men’s Referral Service provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information, and referrals to men, to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.

If you are concerned about your own behaviour and recognise your actions may be putting your partner or family in harm’s way, call 1300 766 491 or head to the No to Violence website for more information.


1300 78 99 78

Professional support and information service for Australian men. Phone and online services available 24/7: mensline.org.au


1300 368 821

Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) provides information and advice to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights of older people.



COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our lives and routines in the past year. But times of stress and hardship are never an excuse for violence or abuse. If you’re experiencing abuse, you do not have to face this alone.

Help and support is available at: Are you safe at home?