The Act With Kindness, Not With Violence campaign is a Centacare Family Services initiative supported by funding from the Community Crime Prevention Fund, designed to challenge community attitudes that support violence against women and children.
The campaign aims to inspire and mobilise the entire community to act against family violence. We can do this by challenging unhealthy attitudes and beliefs that support family violence, and by supporting men to become role models for acting with kindness, and equity in relationships. We will also work with young people in the community to help them understand healthy attitudes and behaviours about relationships and to support them in realising what they can do to create positive change in their relationships, the community and the world around them.
Currently in Australia 1 in 4 women and 1 in 13 men have experienced violence by a current or previous intimate partner. By raising awareness of the impacts of family violence, and challenging attitudes that reinforce it, people can take a stand and work towards a community that priorities safety, equality and respect for all.
See below for more details of how you can support the campaign or take part in an initiative through your school, workplace or sporting club.
My Kindness Can Change the World
The My Kindness can change the world campaign aims to encourage kids to engage in more prosocial behaviour, that is behaviour that helps others in the community. Research shows this type of helping behaviour has strong links towards developing healthy relationships later in life. Contact Centacare on 99211433 to find out how your school can become a part of this program through hosting a workshop for children.
See the video below for more details:
A big thank you to Kids Hub OHSC for supporting the video campaign.
Spreading community awareness about the impacts of family violence, as well as how it can be prevented by challenging unhealthy attitudes, is a crucial aspect of this campaign. Special information sessions that explore these issues have been designed for workplaces and sporting clubs.
Please feel free to contact Centacare on 99211433 to find out more information about how your workplace or sporting club can become part of this initiative.
Men as Role Models
To reduce family violence in the Midwest requires a whole of community approach, and men play a pivotal role in this as role models (ambassadors) for change. Starting in May the Men’s Hub will be running a men’s group, that each week explores important topics related to mental health and relationships, including topics such as: emotional regulation, healthy relationships, and the negative impact of family violence.
Below is a list of crisis and support services if you feel you may need further help:
Desert Blue Connect – Phone: 08 9964 2742 (Provides holistic services for women and families which include family violence response, crisis accommodation for women and children, primary prevention, sexual assault services, women’s health and unplanned pregnancy support)
1800RESPECT – Phone: 1800 737 732 (24 hour national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault)
LifeLine – Phone: 13 11 14 (Supports anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide. Lifeline can also help put you in contact with a crisis service in your area)
Mensline Australia – Phone: 1300 789 978 (Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties. 24/7 telephone and online support and information service for Australian men)