Sutherland Shire Walk For Respectful Relationships

The 2024 Walk for Respectful Relationships will be held on Friday 29th November 2024.  Put the date in your diary, and we look forward to you joining us again.

Marshalling for the walk will occur at 9:45am at Don Lucas Reserve ahead of the walk commencement at 10:00am. At the conclusion of the walk there will be a Community Presentation commencing at South Cronulla Park, which is expected commence at 10:45am and conclude at 12:00pm.

The theme again will be “Call out, Speak out, Help out”

Participating in the walk is a great opportunity for you to show your support and raise awareness of Domestic & Family Violence within your own community, by getting together with your family, friends, or colleagues to go out for a walk - at any time during the day - and talk about what you can do to create a safer community for women and children. While you're out on your walk, snap a photo, post it on your socials using the hashtag #EveryStepCounts and #StandUpSpeakOut or email them to us to join our Online Gallery.

Did you know that 1 Australian woman dies every 9 days at the hands of her current or former partner. Every death, every abusive act, is one too many. Join us to Stand Up, Speak Out, and reject violence in our community.

What do we mean when we say let’s  Call Out, Speak Out or Help Out?

Let’s Call Out, behaviours and conversations that are disrespectful. Despite intentions, the resulting disrespect is not acceptable and needs to be challenged. Your individual voice can make a difference.

Let’s Speak Out to your family, peers, friends and teachers when needed. If you see, hear or feel disrespected you need to speak up and seek support. People will listen and respect you for having the courage to speak up.

Let’s Help Out, if someone you know asks you for help, ensure you believe them, support them in seeking service help - that could include 1800 Respect and for all emergencies call 000.

We would like to say a special thank you to our wonderful event sponsors and supporters for 2023: 

Here is a video from the 2020 Walk... 

How you and your friends get involved:

  1. Register yourself as a participant
  2. Hang a white ribbon or a white balloon out the front of your house on the 19th of November and during the 16 days of activism
  3. Download the poster and stick in your front window
  4. Organise to watch virtual walk  - watch the Walk for Respectful Relationships video
  5. Walk around your community and post on your socials - don’t forget to  #everystepcounts #standupspeakout
  6. Support a local community group
  7. Check the resources available to you below

Want to do more?

Whether you're a student, business person, or just a regular person who wants a safer community for everyone, there is so much more you can do to get involved, promote domestic violence awareness, and help support local services that respond to and assist women, children and families impacted by domestic violence.

Check out the list of resources and supports available below which can assist you, your school, business or community:

Do You Need Support?

If you are in danger, call 000 now.
1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
Men’s Referral Service: 1300 766 491

There are a host of support options and resources available within the Sutherland Shire. Here are a few:

For Young People (Under 18) and Schools

There are a number of school based support, awareness and prevention programs available to support your school:

 

For Adults or Businesses (for their staff)

There are many programs available for workplaces, schools or just the general community who want to be more educated on this topic.