Bench hon­ours vic­tims

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Belinda Cipri­ano

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.

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