Pictured - Senior Sargent Gerard Kelly, Southern Grampians Shire Council CEO Michael Tudball and WDHS CEO Rohan Fitzgerald
Southern Grampians Shire Council and Western District Health Service (WDHS) have once again joined forces to help raise awareness of White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women.
The Greater Hamilton community are encouraged to attend a luncheon being held in Hamilton on Thursday November 23 in recognition of White Ribbon Day. The event, held at Alexandra House, will feature an address from Victoria Police Superintendent, Peter Greaney who will provide both local and international perspectives on family violence and a presentation from Natalie Russell, VicHealth Principal Program Officer, who will discuss VicHealth’s work in supporting a whole of community approach to family violence
All funds raised from ticket sales will be donated directly back to White Ribbon.
Chief Executives Michael Tudball and Rohan Fitzgerald said they are pleased to be working together to highlight this important issue and help challenge attitudes and behaviours that unfortunately still exist on our community.
“Violence against women arises from a complex interaction of social factors. Our role as large public institutions is to identify primary prevention strategies that address this multifaceted problem, to help promote healthier relationships in our community. Devastatingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence. In the Southern Grampians Shire, there were 378 reported incidents of family violence in 2015/16 – that’s more than one a day,” Rohan Fitzgerald WDHS Chief Executive said.
“We are holding this event to help break the silence and raise awareness around violence against women and more importantly mobilise the community to address this serious issue. This is one of a number of strategies that our organisation participates in to build individuals’ capacity and the ability of our community as a whole, to stand up and speak out” Rohan Fitzgerald said.
“Hopefully our participation in events like White Ribbon Day sends a clear message about our commitment to lasting change around the issue of violence against women in the Southern Grampians Shire and gives cause for our community to reflect for a moment on women that have been harmed or killed by violence locally and nationally” Mr Fitzgerald said.
Council CEO Michael Tudball says we all have a role to play to stop violence against women.
“Violence against women is never a private issue. It impacts not only women but also families and the wider community. Silence and inaction will let this violence continue.
“We want people to know that it is violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault, help is always available and if you see something you should definitely say something. People need to know that they can make a difference; bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a whole of community approach”.
“The white ribbon campaign is a means for men to speak out against violence against women. It’s also about challenging the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who objectify, sexually vilify or use and condone violence against women. It’s about not turning a blind-eye to these behaviours and attitudes towards women and speaking up instead. We know that domestic violence is strongly linked to an imbalance of power and respect between men and women - and that we all have a role to play in driving change in this area. It’s up to us” Mr Tudball said.
Tickets for the lunch, being held next Thursday 23 November at Alexandra House, are $35 and can be purchased online at www.wdhs.net.au or by calling 5551 8540.
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