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A Stitch in Time: Bringing Communities Together to Prevent Violence Against Women


What is a Stitch in Time?

A Stitch in Time is a project aimed at preventing domestic violence against women by increasing the community’s capacity to provide support to women in abusive relationships.

How does it work?

A Stitch in Time combines the long history of domestic violence quilts in Australia with collective narrative therapy ideas by collecting women’s special knowledge about domestic violence prevention and intervention, and promoting it to the broader community. We hold a number of workshops with women in urban and remote communities across Central Australia and the NT. The quilts are placed on display in public exhibitions at festivals and events throughout the year to raise awareness about the effects of domestic violence in the local community.

Why are community responses so important?

Communities play an important role in responding to domestic violence. Friends, family and work colleagues are the main supporters of women experiencing violence (Australian Women’s Safety Survey, 1999). Communities and their leaders also play an important role in the creation of cultural norms and attitudes that contribute to violence (VicHealth 2007). Therefore, it is essential that we work with communities to address the roots of violence against women, and equip them to respond effectively to domestic violence.

Who can be involved?

A Stitch in Time focuses on collecting the special knowledge and skills of women from across Central Australia and the NT. Highlighting women’s skills and achievements in society is an important part of reducing domestic violence rates (Vichealth 2007, Commonwealth Government 2009). We hold workshops with women from a broad range of cultural, social and geographic backgrounds and communities.

How can I find out more?

If you would like more information on the project, or are interested in hosting a workshop or exhibition, please email our Community Development and Training officer:  cdt@asws.org.au or visit 100voices.com.au