Family violence is a health issue and support is available at hospitals across the Parkville biomedical precinct. View the video message from hospital CEOs in support of this important campaign against gender-based family violence.

This year, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Peter Mac has joined forces with Parkville Precinct partners to support the United Nations' 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence campaign.

25 November marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, a global initiative that runs until Human Rights Day on Friday 10 December.

While family violence occurs all year round, the past two years have seen prolonged periods of stay at home restrictions and also, sadly, some of the highest rates of family violence in Victoria’s history.

As Victorians approach the end of another challenging year, the upcoming holiday period will unfortunately see an increase in gender-based abuse in the home. For many, this will not be a happy, festive time, but instead a difficult period marked by fear, coercive control, and all too often, physical harm.

Family violence is an urgent health issue and, for health services, this is not the time for complacency.

Peter Mac is taking a stand, alongside the Royal Women’s Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital, and Dental Health Services Victoria. Chief Executive Officers from each hospital have come together to send a message of support to patients, family members and carers affected by family violence.

Peter Mac CEO, Professor Shelley Dolan, together with fellow CEOs have created this video message to make it known that our hospitals are a safe place to get support, and that our doors are always open.

It is everyone’s human right to feel safe and live a healthy life, free from violence. If you are experiencing family violence, you can talk to us!

More information

If you are experiencing family violence, you can find support at:

Read more about Peter Mac’s involvement in the state-wide Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence project.