Bench honours victims
VICTIMS of domestic homicide will be honoured with a purple bench at the City of Cockburn’s civic square in Spearwood.
The City is one of several WA councils to take part in the “purple bench” initiative run by the Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services (WA) to change public perceptions of violence against women and children.
Women’s Council for Domestic & Family Violence Services chief executive Angela Hartwig said the presence of the bench in a location where public events are held would provide the opportunity for the issue to remain visible.
“It also provides a physical place to reflect about the important work achieved to date and how we can bring an end to domestic and family violence,” she said.
City community development manager Gail Bowman said family and domestic violence involved people of all ages and backgrounds and had a flow on effect to the wider family, children and the local community.
“We want our community to be a place that’s safe and free of fear for women and children, and any others impacted by family and domestic violence,” she said.
The first bench was unveiled on March 7 near Fremantle Town Hall.
The Women’s Council represents more than 60 domestic and family services across WA.
Purple was chosen due to its worldwide association with the Domestic Violence Awareness movement.
The colour purple: City of Cockburn community development manager Gail Bowman, Women’s Council chairwoman Anne Moore, Women’s Council CEO Angela Hartwig and City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett on the purple bench in Spearwood.