about ONWARDS & UPWARDS
Domestic violence is a worldwide epidemic, affecting 30% of women across the world.
In Australia alone, Over 12 months (on average) one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence¹.
One in three women² (and one in four children³) experience or are exposed to domestic and family violence in their lives. One in five experiences some form of harassment at Workºǒ.
The campaign to shed light on this travesty is going strong, and many organisations and individuals work tirelessly to help spread awareness and teach compassion and understanding in society. All of these are working towards one goal- to end domestic and family violence against ANYONE.
Onwards & Upwards is a social movement, born of the need to celebrate those who have experienced domestic violence in their life, and have made life a success on the other side. It is about embracing life, being proud of all that has been achieved, showcasing the support of others, and it is about inspiring anyone who has or is experiencing domestic violence right now, to keep moving forward. There really is more on the other side- even when it doesn't feel that way.
Onwards & Upwards was created by someone who has been there. Felicity Cook spent three years with a physically and emotionally abusive partner. The demise of the relationship left Felicity in a dark and painful place, and it took many years to heal, and rebuild her life. Today, she runs a thriving business, is in a loving and caring relationship, and is a vocal advocate of creating change.
This movement isn't about highlighting what violence people have experienced. It's not about rehashing the past. It's about celebrating the NOW, and the very breath that lives inside each and every miracle who has blossomed since their darkest of days.
Forever moving #onwardsandupwards
¹ Chan, A. and Payne, J. (2013). Homicide in Australia: 2008-09 to 2009-10, National Homicide Monitoring Program annual report. Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Criminology
² Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012 (no. 4906.0)
³ Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse. (2011). The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: A Literature Review
º Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide
JOIN THE Movement
Have a story to tell? We want to hear it and see it!
Joining the movement is a great way to not only celebrate who you are today, but it is a great way to show others how they can strive for a wonderful life outside of domestic violence too. Let's erase the stigma around domestic violence sufferers, and prove that we can be bigger, better, and stronger as a community.
There are two ways to join the movement, as conquerors, and as supporters.
If you're willing to stand up and share what you've achieved, it's simple. Share a photo on social media holding a sign declaring what you've achieved post-dark days, with the hashtag #onwardsandupwards.
If you've supported someone through the dark period/s of their life, and you're proud to be by their side, it's just as simple. Share a photo of your sign saying 'I SUPPORT...' and the person (mother, sister, friend).
Whether you're a celebrity, an artist, a homemaker, a mechanic, or a student, what makes your story great is that YOU have done it. You have moved onwards and upwards from those darkest of days, you have supported someone during theirs, and you should be proud.
Share it with your friends, family, and your followers, and spread the word that there is life- and a community of support- outside of domestic and family violence.
domestic violence support
Domestic or family violence can present in a number of forms- it's not just physical.
It can also present as verbal, non-verbal (psychological, emotional, mental), financial, social/cyber, sexual, or spiritual.
For those experiencing domestic or family violence, isolation is an almost universal factor of said violence. The control of the perpetrator more often than not makes it difficult to seek help, or to find the tools and support needed to leave.
But there is help out there. If you have come to our site because you are or know someone who is experiencing domestic violence, or even the repercussions of having left an abusive situation, please know that you are not alone. There are trained support centres, information portals, and helplines that you can get in contact with, to help you reach a safe and happy place.
1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24-hour national sexual assault, family & domestic violence counselling line
Emergency Services (000): For emergencies, contact the police and/or ambulance
Lifeline (13 11 14): 24-hour national line that can connect you to a State support centre
Relationships Australia (1300 364 277): support groups and counselling for all forms of relationships, and abused/abusive partners
Mensline Australia (1300 789 978): 24-hour helpline specifically for men
Kids Helpline (1800 551 800): 24-hour support service for children and young people
You are never alone. Forever moving #onwardsandupwards
THe movement in the media
As a predominately social media-based movement, going viral is what we aim to do.
Our society is made up of some truly amazing people, and spreading the word and the effect is the icing on the cake.
Onwards & Upwards is all about celebrating what can (and has!) been achieved. If it can change just one person's mindset on what makes a domestic violence sufferer, and help them realise that it can happen to anyone, it may just help to save one more life.
As Onwards & Upwards makes its mark on the media, participants will be added to our media wall.