In 2016 alone, 15 Australians have died as a result of social violence, which includes one-punch assaults, pub brawls and street fights.
That’s why on the first weekend of summer, 2nd and 3rd December, thousands of nightclub patrons will wear a stamp on their fists to honour Joshua Hardy, killed in an act of social violence at the age of 21. The stamp is a powerful reminder that #aFistLikeThis can destroy lives. Social violence is everyone’s problem and we all have a responsibility to be part of the solution.
The small act of sharing a selfie with your fist on social media raises awareness and leads to a conversation with family and friends. Together, we can #StampOutViolence.
Joshua Hardy was born in Darwin in 1993. As a teenager, he moved to Melbourne on a scholarship from Melbourne Grammar. He went on to study at the University Melbourne and aspired to become a lawyer.
Throughout his life Josh brought people together. As a proud Larrakia man he made everyone feel welcome to be themselves, regardless of race, colour or creed.
At the age of 21, Josh was murdered in an unprovoked attack outside a McDonald’s on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, in October 2014. His death shattered the worlds of those around him.
#AFISTLIKETHIS CAN DESTROY LIVES
The ripple effects of one act of social violence extend far beyond the victim.
Sharing stories can be a powerful motivator for change. The stories of those directly impacted by violence are the ones that resonate most. Those touched by Josh’s life and death share their stories.
Click the pictures below to read their stories.
HOW YOU CAN HELP TO STAMP OUT VIOLENCE
The small act of sharing a selfie with your fist using this content will help to spread the message that violence is preventable.
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We all have a role to play to #StampOutViolence. Having a conversation about social violence with family and friends can change violent-supportive attitudes. Why not talk about what factors might lead to violence? What role you can play in changing attitudes that support aggressive behaviour?
The Stamp Out Violence Campaign is an initiative of Step Back Think, a pioneering not-for-profit organisation focused on the prevention of social violence. Step Back Think was formed by a group of friends after James Macready-Bryan was assaulted on his 20th birthday in 2006, suffering a permanent brain injury from which he will never recover. Our vision is to create a society free from social violence by educating young people, raising awareness and driving institutional change.