Northern Grampians Shire Council is working in partnership with local artists, community service providers and other groups to deliver a 16-day campaign to raise awareness and educate the community on respect and violence prevention.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign, which runs from November 25 to December 10.
The council is supporting Respect Victoria to deliver its Call it Out Campaign.
The theme of this year's campaign is 'Respect Is...' and messages of equality and respect will be highlighted across the shire and state.
Northern Grampians Shire Council mayor Murray Emerson said this is a time to actively promote gender equality and take a stand to end men's violence against women.
"We are running a number of programs and initiatives to support the campaign, including interactive art displays, information sharing ad promotion of community services and taking a stand as community leaders against all violence in our communities," Mr Emerson said.
Instead of the community Walk Against Violence, which would normally take place on November 25, an interactive art piece will be displayed on Stawell's main street.
Pedestrians can add a handprint to the artwork on Wednesday, November 25 from 2pm to 4pm, on Thursday, November 26 from 10am to 12pm and on Friday, November 27 from 9am to 11am.
Northern Grampians Libraries will also be hosting a respectful storytime, with a focus on equality and respect aimed at younger generations.
All 79 Victorian councils and 18 specialist non-government organisations are involved in the campaign.
For more information, visit the Respect Victoria website and keep an eye on council's social media channels for updates and information during the next 16 days.
If you or someone you know is experiencing or at risk of experiencing violence, help is available.
You can access help 24/7 by calling Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 or by visiting safesteps.org.au
If you are worried your behaviour might be harming your partner or family members, call the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491 to speak to a specialist counsellor.
In case of emergency, don't hesitate to dial 000.
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