Centre for Non-Violence staff are literally taking steps to raise awareness of family and domestic violence.
Six staff members are among central Victorian groups participating in the Run Against Violence Virtual Team Challenge - a nationwide event that aims to raise awareness by encouraging teams to run 1300km in 19 days.
The distance is akin to running from Broken Hill to Sydney.
The event aims to engage the broader community in conversations about family violence, and reduce the stigma and isolation for those who have lived with or are experiencing abuse.
On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner; one in three Australian women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15; and one in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
Centre for Non-Violence team leader Liz organised Team Bendigo Bellatrix, made up of three local groups of 20, some of whom were keen runners while others were inspired by the cause.
"We have brought together a lot of really keen people who are using their love for running and fitness and walking and getting out, particularly during Covid-19, to start important conversations," she said.
"Many have started sharing their own personal experience, which is really humbling. Overwhelmingly, women experience family violence - and it's people you know, people you're connected with.
Liz said running 10km took strength, and in many cases more mental strength.
"I find that so inspirational and it's just such a privilege to be a part of something that is so easy and so simple to get out there and to run or walk," she said.
"We know there are many women who would love to be able to do this and they can't. They can't leave their homes, they don't feel free, they would be questioned on where they were going."
To donate to the three central Victorian teams taking part in Run Against Violence visit the cause's website: www.runagainstviolence.com/shop1/donation
If you or someone you know is affected by family violence or sexual assault, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.
In central Victoria, the Centre for Non-Violence can be reached on 5430 3000.
The Sexual Assault Crisis Line is available on 1800 806 292.
The Men's Referral Service provides counselling to men who carry out family violence, on 1300 766 491.
La Trobe University students who experience family violence or know someone who is, can contact the Speak Up service on 9479 8988.
In an emergency, call 000.
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