16 Days in WA

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Violence against women and girls is a serious issue across Australia.

It is also preventable.

From Sunday 25 November, the Museum will be helping to spread awareness of this community problem as part of the 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

Violence against women includes physical, psychological, economic, emotional abuse and sexual assault. It is a violation of human rights. Gender inequality predicts higher rates of violence against women. Most often this is played out in intimate and family relationships where women experience continued and often severe forms of abuse.

All women and children should be able to live free of family and domestic violence.

Everyone Plays a Part

Talk about this issue in your community.
Ask the women around you if they are okay.
Listen to and support those who need help.

Spread awareness by using our downloadable resources and the hashtag #16DaysinWA

You Are Not Alone

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family and domestic violence, there is help.

For a comprehensive list of state and national helplines, please visit the State Government’s Family and Domestic Violence Help and Advice page.

  • Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (9223 1188 or free call 1800 007 339)
    A state-wide, 24-hour service.
  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732 or www.1800RESPECT.org.au)
    A free and confidential counselling service for anyone, regardless of age or gender, who has experienced or is at risk of domestic and family violence and/or sexual assault, and their family and friends.
  • Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline (9223 1199 or 1800 000 599)
    A Western Australian service providing information and support for men who have experienced family and domestic violence.
  • MensLine Australia (1300 789 978 or www.mensline.org.au)
    National counselling service that assists men to manage family and relationship difficulties, including issues of violence.
  • Youth Say No (www.youthsayno.wa.gov.au)
    A valuable resource for young people to learn about respectful relationships, how to stay safe and where to get help.

Ways You Can Be Involved

  • Talk and listen to your community.
  • Spread awareness by wearing orange during the 16 days campaign.
  • Join our Community Breakfast event on front lawn of the the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

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Collection Collage

Using the orange campaign colour, the Museum will be highlighting orange objects and specimens from our collections.

We look after collections on behalf of Western Australia, and by creating this collage of Museum items in the orange campaign colour, we aim to remind our community that this is a problem faced by our entire State.

Collage of items from the Museums collections that have some orange in them.
Collage of items from the Museums collections that have some orange in them.
Collage of items from the Museums collections that have some orange in them.


Collection Item: H1994.168

featerues a man in a home striking a woman
Caption: History Collection Item H1994.168
Image copyright WA Museum 

Black and white poster against domestic violence produced by 'OFFICE OF STATUS OF WOMEN DEPARTMENT OF PRIME MINISTER CABINET'.
The poster features a suburban home with man striking woman in silhouette at window.

View collection item: H1994.168

Museum Collections

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The Western Australian Museum collection site will hold an array of links to a variety of digitised collections, and will continue to grow as the Western Australian Museum collection becomes increasingly digitised.

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Access information about some of the wonderful specimens and species curated by the WAM staff. Ever wanted to know more about what spiders inhabit the spinifex of the Pilbara, or what nudibranchs (sea slugs) can be found hiding on the seafloor of the Montebellos Islands? Ever wondered just how many marsupial mice there are in the arid zone, or what specimens the museum holds for the iconic Carnaby’s White-tailed Black Cockatoo?

This is the place where you can learn more about the unique fauna of the diverse and ancient Western Australian landscape.

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