How can you contribute to the end of violence against women, today?
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence starts on 25 November, The International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and finishes on 10 December, The International Day of Human Rights.
The global campaign started in 1991 by the activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute.
This year’s theme is “Orange the world: End Violence Against Women, Now”.
Everyone can make a difference, every work place, every school, every sporting club, every community group and every individual. The conversation you have with your friends, your colleagues, team mates, on your social media and in your family’s matter.
Supporting DVCS is one way that you contribute to our vision of A World Free From Violence. Here are some ideas on how you can support DVCS.
We have a team of volunteers who support us in setting up for events, like our High Tea and Gala Ball. This is a great way to connect with others who support our work but also lend your skills whether it be putting table settings out, welcoming guests to an event or selling raffle tickets.
From time to time we have a huge amount of unidentified data which needs to be reviewed and collated. We rely on the valuable support of volunteers to do this work enabling us to have accurate and timely statistics about our work.
Speaking about their experience
We have some former clients and community members who have safely moved on from their violent relationship and are now in a position to speak about their experiences. Their ability to speak about their journey and what services can do in order to respond effectively and supportively to those impacted by violence in our community can help to ensure we continue to ensure survivors get the best responses possible.
Making a one off donation puts money directly into client supports for things such as emergency accommodation, groceries, mobile phones and other necessities.
This can be a great way to support out client work in an ongoing way. “Set and forget” to directly contribute to client supports like emergency accommodation and basic necessities.
This is a great way to turn a birthday or farewell into a way to give back to the community. Create a crowdraiser and ask people to donate to that instead of purchasing a present.
Hosting your own event like a morning tea, dance session or BBQ to raise money for DVCS means an opportunity to bring members of your community together, raise awareness about DVCS as a service and contribute to meeting the needs of our clients.
Corporate sponsorship helps to raise awareness of DVCS within small, medium and large agencies, organisations and businesses. Sending a message to staff and those connected to your business that you value the work of DVCS and spreads the message of our work. It can also provide staff a way of making a small contribution which combined with their organization or colleagues can turn into a significant impact.
In-Kind sponsors support DVCS by providing a range of services or support for low or no cost. Most commonly this is advertising, but also includes items our clients might need such as food or toiletries. If you have an idea we’d love to hear it.
Share social media content
You never know who in your network is impacted by domestic or family violence. Sharing our social media content could be the only way someone needing our services finds out about DVCS.
Being a Social Media Champion is entering into a formal agreement with DVCS to share our social media content across your social media networks to help spread our messages. This is a great way to provide regular support to our work while connecting with your community.
Learning more about domestic and family violence is so important. We encourage work places to organize training within their communities, this can be especially important for managers and people in your team who support staff.
Coming to a DVCS event supports us financially and can connect us to people in your community. Make it an event in your social calendar and bring some friends along, share your time with us on social media and link our contact details, you never know who needs them.
Not all our activities are about attending events. We have a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, such as our Pets of Canberra Calendar. Signing up to our mailing list means you’ll never miss out on what’s happening.
Receiving our monthly newsletters means you are always up to date with what’s going on and all the different ways you can support DVCS.
Join our organisation and apply to be a member. Being part of our membership means you are supporting the work of DVCS. Membership also entitles you to voting at our AGM and standing for election on our board.
Be part of this year’s Global movement End Violence Against Women, Now.