Day 2: Don’t be silent when you see violence

The WA State Government’s campaign for 2021 is themed around the tagline ‘Don’t be silent when you see violence’. 

The campaign encourages bystanders to speak up and contribute to positive change towards the safety and respect of women in our community.

The key messages are:

  • Violence against anyone is unacceptable.
  • We all have a responsibility to help stop the violence.
  • Stopping violence against women means promoting equality and respectful relationships, violence-free spaces and safer communities.
  • Breaking the cycle of family and domestic violence starts with respect for women.
  • Everyone has a part to play by calling out disrespectful behaviour in all areas of life.

The statistics reflect the size of the problem:

  • 65 per cent of assaults recorded in Western Australia last year were related to family and domestic violence (up 15 per cent on 2019).
  • Of the 22,257 victims, 73 per cent – or 16,262 victims – were female.
  • 48 per cent (28 victims) of homicide and related offences (including murder, attempted murder and manslaughter) in Western Australia were related to family and domestic violence last year.  Of this, 19 victims were female.
  • 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced sexual harassment since the age of 15.
  • There were 3,048 victims of sexual assault in Western Australia last year – a 10 per cent increase on 2019.
  • Of these, 86 per cent (or 2,615 victims) were female.

Check out the Don’t be Silent toolkit