ACON's Anti-Violence Project
This Is Oz is a project of ACON’s Anti-Violence Project (AVP) in New South Wales, Australia.
The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) supports GLBTI people in our communities who have experienced homophobic, transphobic, domestic or family violence. The AVP works with and trains a variety of services including the NSW Police Force, other government agencies, and mainstream and GLBTI community organisations. We aim to improve the outcomes for victims and to address the underlying causes of violence.
In addition to this, the AVP runs campaigns and programs promoting community safety, engaging communities and responding to community needs. Examples include; This is Oz, volunteer Ambassador projects , Safe Place and the Speak Up reporting campaign.
The AVP also educates the LGBTI community about domestic and family violence and works with mainstream services to improve their knowledge of and response to LGBTI domestic and family violence.
If you've experienced violence, whether it's a crime or not (physical, verbal, emotional and other forms of violence either in the workplace, at home or in public), the Anti-Violence Project can talk with you about what happened, offer support, put you in touch with services, and provide you with information. We can also help you report to police and/or support you to submit a complaint about police if you want.
All services are free and confidential.
The AVP is available Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm on 02 9206 2116 or an online report can be made here.
Did you know?
- Homophobia, transphobia, prejudice, discrimination and experiences of related violence, contribute significantly to compromised GLBTI mental health (including depression and anxiety) as well as suicide and suicide ideation.
- Most violence and harassment experienced by young GLBTIQ people happens in school.
Contact: ACON's Anti-Violence Project
Tel: (AVP Report-Line) (02) 9206 2116
Free call: 1800 063 060
ACON is Australia’s largest community based GLBT health and HIV/AIDS organisation. ACON promotes the health and wellbeing of NSW’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community. We also provide information, support and advocacy for people living with HIV or at risk of acquiring HIV, including sex workers and people who use drugs.
A lot of our work is related to HIV/AIDS because it’s one of the biggest health issues facing our community. But our work also covers other health issues such as:
- Sexual health
- Mental health
- Lesbian health
- Alcohol and other drugs
- Community care
We’re a community-based non-government organisation. This means the work we do is done in our community, for our community and by members of our community. Most of our funding comes from the NSW Government to help us with our HIV work. Our other work is financed by small grants from the public and private sectors, fundraising activities and donations. Projects like This Is Oz are always in need of funding, find out more here.
The project was developed in collaboration with a range of partner organisations:
- Amnesty International Australia NSW LGBTQ Network
- Anti-Violence Project of Victoria
- City of Sydney
- Diversity Council Australia
- The Gender Centre
- Highschoolers Against Homophobia
- Metropolitan Community Church Sydney
- National LGBT Health Alliance
- Department of Justice and Attorney General
- NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
- NSW Police Force
- NSW Young Lawyers Human Rights Committee (Same-Sex and Anti-Discrimination Working Groups)
Faces of US
This Is Oz was inspired by FACES OF US, a project initiated in the USA by Brendan Davis:
"The idea for FACES OF US came along when I saw what I thought was a lack of comprehensive education about LGBT rights issues and the people that are affected by them. Proposition 8 had just passed in California and the entire country was in an uproar about marriage equality in that state. It was wonderful to see people out in the streets protesting Proposition 8, but I wanted to know why we weren’t discussing marriage equality and other LGBT issues on a federal level.
The fact that an International Day Against Homophobia exists proves that we need to look beyond the borders of our own states and our own countries and address these issues worldwide. It’s an honor to have this project be a part of an event happening in Australia and I hope that it will work well to open some eyes."