16 Days of Activism Against Violence


16 Days of Activism Against Violence

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MFB is in the business of protecting lives and preventing harm, that's why we are taking part in the global action and supporting 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. 



We'll be sharing information and resources over the next 16 days, and highlighting the work MFB is doing to influence change in this space. 

Content posted until Monday 10 December may be confronting, or trigger traumatic memories for people, particularly those affected by exposure to violence. If you need to talk to someone, support is available - please see a list of support services at the bottom of this page. 

Day 1

MFB is in the business of protecting lives and preventing harm, that's why we are taking part in the global action and supporting 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. We'll be sharing information and resources over the next 16 days, and highlighting the work MFB is doing to influence change in this space. 

MFB Chief Officer Dan Stephens shares why we're proud to be a part of this global action:


Day 2

First responders are often exposed to violence. The safety of our people is paramount, and whether our firefighters are directly on scene at an incident or dealing with the consequences behind the scenes, violence can be confronting, potentially cause harm and a trigger for those already affected by exposure.  We want to highlight a number of support services available for current and former employees, and the wider community. 

If you or someone you know are experiencing family violence, help is available:

Day 3

Many Australians are impacted by violence; the statistics are harrowing. Since the start of this year alone (Jan-Nov 2018), 212 people have died as a result of violence in Australia. A report released earlier this year by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare paints a picture of what we currently know about family, domestic and sexual violence. MFB is committed to affecting change in this space, that's why we are proud to support the 16 Days of Activism campaign. 

You can read Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's report via the AIHW Website here

Day 4

 Our firefighters and employees work to reduce the impact of emergencies through a range of community education programs. Educating children has enormous capacity for positive change. This video made us pause and reflect on the positive influence we can have to eliminate attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence from the start.


Day 5

Family violence can have a profound impact on children, who are usually the silent victims. Patrick Stewart grew up in a household plagued by family violence. In this short video he calls on everyone to stand up for change and end the cycle and culture which promotes gender-based violence. 


Day 6

MFB is committed to offering a supportive workplace for people affected by Family Violence. Last year we introduced a range of preventative and supportive mechanisms for staff, including Family Violence Leave, voluntary peer contact roles, and a resource guide. Workplaces play a key role in prevention and support for those affected.

Day 7

Family violence and sexual violence are often seen as 'women's issues' because women make up a majority of victim/survivors. In this TED Talk, Jackson Katz shows how violent behaviours are often tied to definitions of manhood. All women and men share the responsibility to call out unacceptable behaviour, and be agents of social change. Watch the video here: 

Day 8

In recent years men and women in the sporting arena have come together to demand equal respect, equal recognition and equal value. To mark the halfway point in our #16DaysCampaign we're looking at the types of questions professional female athletes are often asked after a performance compared to their male counterparts. 

Day 9

Every day, MFB women and men work together to keep the community safe.

This year we are celebrating 35 years of operational women at MFB with a travelling exhibition. It captures the stories of some of our women who have helped shape our organisation. The exhibition is currently being hosted at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre until 25 January. Visit  ourstorymfb.org.au/about for more information.  

Day 10

 The protection of life and keeping the community safe is MFB's number one priority. For many women personal safety is a daily consideration - is this something you think about?  

Read 34 Things Women Do To Stay Safe Show The Burden Of 'Being Careful'

Day 11

We all have a role to play in preventing and eliminating violence. It takes people of all genders working together to create a safer community - that's why MFB is working together to reduce the impact of violence. 

Day 12

 Not all disrespect towards women results in violence, but all violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour - that's why it's so important we understand the cycle of violence. We can all help to stop it at the start.

Day 13

Did you know that 90% of victims/survivors of family violence experience financial abuse? As part of the 16 Days Campaign against Gender-Based Violence we're shining a light on different forms of abuse so that we can create change for the better. 

Financial violence happens in all sorts of ways, but this story published by the Guardian is worth telling because it demonstrates how easily it can happen. 

Day 14

MFB supports equality for everyone, that's why we play a leading role in forums and conferences that promote equality. We're working to be a part of the social change required to make Australia a more equal society. 

Day 15

Let's stop violence where it starts - it's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to discrimination of all kinds. By challenging disrespect towards women we can change the culture and prevent violence from occurring in the first place.  

Day 16

As we come to the end of the #16DaysCampaign of Activism against Gender-Based Violence we are reflecting on the work MFB has done in the past year to provide a workplace that is supportive and equal for all. We have introduced family violence leave and support for our employees. We've promoted equality through our Victorian Firefighter Recruitment campaign and by celebrating 35 Years of Operational women at MFB.



If you or someone you know are experiencing family violence, help is available:

  • In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000).
  • 1800 RESPECT(1800 737 732) The national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. Phone and online services available 24/7. Visit 1800respect.org.au
  • Kids Helpline(1800 55 1800) a counselling service for Australian children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years. Phone and online services available 24/7. Visit kidshelpline.com.au
  • Orange Door Family violence support and safety hubs. To find your nearest location visit orangedoor.vic.gov.au
  • Safe Steps(1800 015 188) A confidential and supportive family violence response line. Phone services available 24/7.
  • Mens line(1300 78 99 78) Professional support and information service for Australian men. Phone and online services available 24/7. Visit mensline.org.au
  • Men's Referral Service (1300 766 491) MRS provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men, to help them take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour. Visit mrs.org.au
  • There are a range of internal support services available for MFB employees and their families. Visit the MFB Intranet page 'Supporting you and your family' from an MFB device to find out more. 

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