National 1800RESPECT "Dunny Door Campaign"
The Dunny Door Campaign aims to place information regarding the National 1800RESPECT telephone and online counselling service on the back of every public toilet door in Australia.
National 1800RESPECT is the Australia wide 24/7 Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Telephone and Online Counselling Service. The service aims to ensure that no matter where a person is in Australia, if they are at risk of, or have experienced, sexual assault, family or domestic violence they will have 24/7 telephone or online access to a qualified, experienced counsellor.
In Australia 1 in 5 women will experience sexual assault or domestic violence at some stage in their lifetime. (ABS: Personal Safety Survey 2006)
National 1800RESPECT, which is a project of NSW Rape Crisis Centre, will in this financial year provide assistance on 22,000 occasions. The service is funded by the Australian Government as part of its commitment to the ‘National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children’.
Two of the many impacts of trauma resulting from experiencing sexual assault, family or domestic violence are shame and fear. Those who have or are experiencing this violence can feel that if they are observed accessing relevant information others will ‘know’. Many hold great fear of reprisal if the offender finds out.
Information on the back of a public toilet door can be reviewed in private. Consideration can then be given to accessing support services when it is safe.
Local councils, pubilc transport authorities, universities and tertiary education facilities, service stations and backpackers accommodations, and any other organisations in Australia that make toilets available to the public, are being invited to support the campaign, by ordering 1800RESPECT 'Dunny Door' stickers, and placing these in their restroom facilities.
We've had a fantastic response to the campaign already:
"What a brilliant idea! No better way for someone to subtly get information!" - Community Health Service, South Australia
"Good idea - Great Job!" - Hostel, Western Australia
"What a fantastic venture - I'm happy to help out and willing to flood the dunny doors all over" - Government Agency, Tasmania
Participate in the Dunny Door Campaign
All organisations/businesses who make toilets available to the public are encouraed to participate in the campaign.
To do this, simply complete a Sticker Order Form, and return it to NSW Rape Crisis Centre via:
Post: Dunny Door Campaign - NSW Rape Crisis Centre
PO Box 555
DRUMMOYNE NSW 2047
Fax: 02 9555 5911, or
Dunny Door Campaign Update - February 2013
Support for the 1800RESPECT Dunny Door Campaign continues to increase. At the end of February 2013, we have distributed over 80,000 stickers!
Invitations to participate in the campaign have now been distributed to local governments, public transport authorities, universities and tertiary education facilities, service stations and backpackers' accommodations in all states and territories in Australia.
Victoria and NSW are the latest to be invited to participate in the campaign. Current distribution of stickers across Australia is indicated in the chart below.
Many thanks to all who have supported the campaign thus far!