Sutherland Shire Walk For Respectful Relationships

The 2022 Walk for Respectful Relationships will be held on Friday 25th November 2022.  We're excited to be back in person this year, and invite you to join us at Cronulla for the walk, or share your efforts on social media. 

The theme again is  “Call out, Speak out, Help out”

Participating in this years 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.

Here is a video from last year's Walk... 

And last year's virtual address

The Walk for Respectful Relationships committee consists of the local community members, local not-for-profits, school representatives, and multiple levels of government, who collectively are passionate about raising awareness on the issue of Domestic & Family Violence.  The Committee has no political affiliation and is focused on bi-partisan agreement and co-operation to achieve stated objectives.

Vision:

  • The Walk for Respectful Relationships Committee aims to raise awareness for Domestic and Family violence through an annual community walk and presentation assembly.
  • This event aims to speak out against domestic and family violence and highlight the work that needs to be done within our community to make a change and reduce the impacts of Domestic and Family Violence within the community.
  • We further wish to highlight services within the community that can help both survivors and offenders of Domestic & Family Violence to reduce the impact and occurrence of reoffending of Domestic and Family Violence crimes.
  • The committee invites local citizens, businesses, services as well as schools to participate in the walk and presentation. The participation of schools is integral to the walk, to encourage young people to participate in leadership focused on social change. The committee further acknowledges the significant work social services are currently offering and aims to support pre-existing programs and services that support families impacted by violence and raise awareness.

Objectives:

  1. Raising Awareness: Working collaboratively with our community to create an environment where our community has a deep understating and awareness of the extent and impact of DFV.
  2. Knowledge: Knowledge is required to support women, children and men in their homes, making known the available services within the community who can help all members of our local community.
  3. Understanding: that we, as individuals and as a collective, can make a difference by standing up and speaking out about violence; that by participating we are advocating for change.
  4. Do: Taking the awareness, knowledge and understanding gained from participating in the walk and presentation, and actively applying it to an individuals life can be extremely impactful in changing our communities attitudes to DFV.

 

What do we do:

  • To organise and advertise the Sutherland Shire Walk Against Domestic Violence
  • To provide resources and individual expertise throughout the planning and implementation of the Walk, work on the day of the Walk
  • Collaborate to develop strategies, to address the sustainability of the Walk in the Sutherland Shire
  • Provide all reasonable assistance, support and opportunities to implement sustainability strategies.