The Barwon Month of Action (MoA) runs from 31st October to 25th November 2014 (White Ribbon Day) and aims to create awareness around violence against women, and encourages individuals, groups and organisations to stand up and take action to prevent it.

During the 2014 MoA we are placing 80,000 ‘Elephant in Your Room?’ drink coasters in over 120 venues across the region. By taking the message to the public sphere, this project is designed to get the community talking about the issue and rejecting violence against women and children. 

The design of the coaster is eye catching and memorable, people will pick them up and inspect them. The coasters will create discussion of the issue, particularly the statistic that 1 in 3 women experience violence (Source). The contact details for assistance organisations on the back are clear and useful. People considering seeking assistance will be able to easily and discreetly take the coaster and use the contact details at a later date.


On Thursday 23rd October the project partners and other stakeholders gathered to launch the ‘Elephant in Your Room?’ coaster project. Paul Linossier, CEO of ‘Our Watch’ – the foundation to prevent violence against women and their children, joined us and gave a powerful and affecting address about ingrained attitudes that perpetuate violence against women. In his presentation Paul spoke of the scale of the task required to change those attitudes and then gave name to the ‘elephant in the room’, identifying the attitudes that perpetuate family violence:
Gender Inequality – the fact that women and men do not have equal power or resources and that their voices, ideas and work are not valued in the same way
Rigid Gender Roles and Stereotypes – the idea that women and men should act in certain ways or are better or worse at certain things based solely on their gender
Violence Supportive Norms – attitudes, norms, behaviours and practices that perpetuate the idea that violent acts are acceptable in certain circumstances, the idea that some violent acts are not serious and that violence is a normal way of resolving conflict





Aireys Pub Aireys Inlet
Anglesea Cricket Club Anglesea
Anglesea Football Club Anglesea
Anglesea Hotel Anglesea
Apollo Bay Football Netball Club Apollo Bay
Apollo Bay Hotel Apollo Bay
Austral Hotel Colac Colac
Badminton Geelong Geelong
Bannockburn Football Netball Club Bannockburn
Bannockburn Golf Club Bannockburn
Bareena Bowls Club Newtown
Barwon Heads Golf Club Barwon Heads
Barwon Heads Hotel Barwon Heads
Barwon Health Geelong
Barwon Rowing Club South Geelong
Barwon Soccer Club Grovedale
Batesford Hotel Batesford
Beach House Barwon Heads
Beavs Bar Geelong 
Bell Post Hill FNC Bell Post Hill
Belmont Hotel Belmont
Bended Geelong Geelong 
Bethany Geelong West
Bird Rock Café Jan Juc
Bistro 310  Geelong 
Breakwater Hotel Breakwater
Buckleys Breakwater
Bush Inn Geelong 
Cats Club South Geelong
City Quarter Geelong
City United Cricket Club Colac
Clarendon Geelong Newtown
Cloverdale Community Centre Corio
Colac Football Netball Club Colac
Colac Imperials Football Netball Club Colac
Colac RSL Colac
Commun Na Feinne Hotel Geelong
Corio Bay Cricket & Sports Club Corio
Corio Bay Rowing Club South Geelong
Drysdale Soccer Club Drysdale
East Belmont Cricket Club Belmont
East Geelong Football Netball Club East Geelong
Edge Geelong
Elephant & Castle Geelong
Eureka Hotel Geelong 
Family Relationship Centre Geelong
Federation of Community Legal Centres (Vic) Melbourne
Fyansford Hotel Fyansford
Gateway Hotel Corio
Geelong Racing Club Breakwater
Geelong RSL Geelong
Geelong Soccer & Sports Club Geelong
Geelong West St Peters Football Netball Club Geelong West
Geelong Women’s Cricket Club Geelong
Gold Diggers Arms Newtown
Golden Plains Shire Bannockburn
Great Western Hotel Newtown
Growlers Torquay
Royal Hotel Meredith
Home House Geelong
Inverleigh Football Netball Club Inverleigh
Jokers on Ryrie Geelong
Lambys Geelong 
Lara Hotel Lara
Leopold Sportman's Club Leopold
Lord of the Isles South Geelong
Lorne Cricket Club Lorne
Lorne Hotel Lorne
Mamre Hotel  Pirron Yallock
Mercure Hotel Geelong
Modewarre Cricket Club Modewarre
Modewarre Football Netball Club Modewarre
Mt Moriac Hotel Moriac
Natural 1, Deakin University Waurn Ponds
Newtown & Chilwell Cricket Club Newtown
Newtown City Hockey Club Newtown
Norlane Hotel Norlane
North Shore Cricket Club North Shore
North Shore Football Netball Club North Shore
Northern Bay Family Centre Corio
Ocean Grove Bowling Club Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove Football Netball Club Ocean Grove
Ocean Grove Hotel Ocean Grove
Odyssey Tavern & Brewery Mt Duneed
Parkside Motel Geelong
Pizzaland  Geelong
Point Lonsdale Bowls Club Point Lonsdale
Point Lonsdale Golf Club Point Lonsdale
Port Pier Café Portarlington
Portarlington Golf Club Portarlington
Queendcliff Community Sports Club Queenscliff
Queenscliff Cricket Club Queenscliff
Railway Hotel Bannockburn
Rose Garden Motel  Belmont
Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre Corio
Saleyards Hotel  Geelong West
School of Nursing Deakin TeaRoom Geelong 
Sir Charles Hotham Hotel Geelong 
South Barwon Football Netball Club South Barwon
St Georges Workers Club Geelong West
St Leonards Hotel St Leonards
St Mary’s Sporting Club Geelong
Strasse Bar Geelong West 
Surf Coast Cricket Club Torquay
The Barking Dog Geelong West
The Barwon Club South Geelong
The Beach Hotel Jan Juc
The Black Hatt Geelong
The Bush Inn Geelong
The Carlton Hotel Geelong 
The Grand Hotel Portarlington
The Groove Train Geelong
The Grovedale Hotel Grovedale
The Hub, Deakin University Waurn Ponds
The Lord Nelson Geelong
The Peninsula Hotel Newcomb
The Petrel Geelong West
The Ponds Hotel Waurn Ponds
The Sphinx Hotel North Geelong
The Sporting Globe Geelong 
The Telegraph Hotel Geelong West
The Wharfshed Geelong 
The White Eagle House Breakwater
The Winchelsea Hotel Winchelsea
The Wonky Donkey Forrest 
The Zebra Lounge Bar Ocean Grove
Torquay Bowls Club Torquay
Torquay Cricket Club Torquay
Torquay Hotel Torquay
Union Club Hotel Colac
Unwined Cellar Bar Belmont 
Urban Seed Café Norlane
Valley Inn Hotel South Geelong
Vitality Café Highton
Waterfront Kitchen, Deakin University Geelong
Winchelsea Cricket Club Winchelsea
Winchelsea Football Netball Club Winchelsea
Womens Legal Service Victoria Melbourne
Wool Exchange Geelong 
Wye Beach Hotel Wye River
Wyndham Resort Torquay Torquay