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Australian Music Industry Launches #NOTON Violence Against Women

Credit: NOTON Facebook
Jasmine Crittenden
| April 15, 2015

A new campaign run by the Australian music industry is raising awareness about violence against women. Titled #NOTON, the campaign is gaining momentum online via hashtag and in real life by the wearing of t-shirts bearing the slogan: ‘I am making noise to end violence against women. #NOTON.’

Since the initiative’s official launch at the Queensland Music Awards on 30 March, numerous prominent artists have added their support. These include The Choir Boys, who wore campaign t-shirts the day before while performing at Day on the Green, as well as Halfway, Violent Soho, Busby Marou, Josh Pyke, The Beards, Katie Noonan, Airling and MKO.

Deb Suckling, a Brisbane-based artist, music manager and label owner, is the brainchild behind the campaign. “Not only is this initiative about simply raising awareness of the issue,” the #NOTON Facebook page reads. “It is about encouraging audiences – specifically young men – to better understand and re-think their behaviour in order to put a stop to violence against women.”


  1. Sue Clisby

    The #NotOn Violence Against Women campaign is a wonderful initiative as this issue needs as much air as we can all give it to change entrenched attitudes.
    The Dandenong Ranges Music Council and the Monbulk community partnered with artists Carolyn Oates and Josh Collings in 2014 on a family violence prevention campaign called Monbulk Respect.
    Monbulk Respect was supported by the Victorian Government Depart of Justice Community Crime Prevention program and proved artists have an important role to play in initiating social change.
    Monbulk Respect artists produced project resources of a film and song that are being used widely by communities as they tackle family violence prevention. The film and song were produced with valuable input from family violence survivor advocates, Monbulk community members and current academic wisdom!

    Links to the freely available resources:

    Best Wishes and Congratulations for the #NOTON campaign.

    Sue Clisby Arts Administrator DRMC

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