In a national first, Australians of the Year 2015 and 2016, Rosie Batty and Ret. Lieutenant General David Morrison, walked alongside the men and women of Harcourts Victoria for our fourth annual Walk a Mile in their Shoes campaign.
Why do we walk?
We started the Walk a Mile in their Shoes campaign in 2013, at a time when the issue of domestic violence was not on the agenda as it is today. Our goal was to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence against women and raise money to support White Ribbon’s school’s Breaking the Silence Program.
Here are some stats you may not be aware of.
• One women a week is murdered in Australia by her partner or someone known to her
• Domestic violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and children
• Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44
• One in four children are exposed to domestic violence
• One in five women have experienced harassment within the workplace
• One in five women over 18 has been stalked during her lifetime
So far in 2016 the number of women killed is sitting at 49. That is one women every 5 days.
These women are our mothers, daughters, sisters, colleagues and friends. While the conversations around domestic violence has increased, the number of women being killed has not decreased.
We are very proud of the men who walk with us as this is not an issue women can solve on their own. We need men to take a stand with us, to call out behaviours in the work place and within their communities.
The schools program we support works at changing the next generation of leaders by educating them that violence is not acceptable in the home or workplace.
This year saw 1000 Harcourts family, friends, clients and corporate partners walk as one around the country.
We welcome you to join us next year.