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Elimination of violence against women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is held annually on 25 November 2019. This heralds the start of the ‘16 Days Campaign’ which runs until 10 December 2019 – International Human Rights Day. These dates symbolically link violence against women and human rights, and emphasise that such violence is a human rights violation.

To mark this, on each of the 16 days SAPOL will publish a major milestone achieved during the past decade in support of the investigation of, and commitment to preventing violence against women.

The 16 milestones will be communicated via Facebook and Twitter, highlighting SAPOL’s contribution to change in the organisation and the significant number of initiatives aimed at eliminating domestic violence.

To follow this campaign, please visit the SA Police Facebook page

Or on Twitter: @SAPoliceNews

Established in 1991, the ’16 Days Campaign’ involves 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, with individuals and organisations around the world calling for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

Violence against women is a serious problem in Australian society. Statistics show that one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner, with intimate partner violence being the leading contributor to death, disability and ill health in Australian women aged 15-44. Domestic and family violence against women is the major cause of homelessness for women and their children, and is estimated to cost the Australian economy $15.6 billion per annum.

Note: the flowers which will be used as artwork across these posts have been drawn by Senior Constable Kate Dawson.