Fam­ily vi­o­lence in spot­light

Geraldton Guardian - - Guardian | News -

Ger­ald­ton and the City’s sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have some of the high­est fig­ures of fam­ily vi­o­lence in WA, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal women’s ser­vices or­gan­i­sa­tion Desert Blue Con­nect.

Mid­west-Gas­coyne po­lice’s fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence re­sponse team at­tend an av­er­age of 234 do­mes­tic in­ci­dents each month.

In the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year, a to­tal of 2819 in­ci­dents were recorded.

This a statis­tic which is be­lieved to be about 11,000 less than the ac­tual num­ber of in­ci­dents, as an es­ti­mated 80 per cent of women who ex­pe­ri­ence fam­ily vi­o­lence do not con­tact po­lice.

At the end of this month, Desert Blue Con­nect will hold a sum­mit on fam­ily vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion and launch an ac­tion plan in re­sponse to the is­sue.

The Com­mu­nity, Re­spect and Equal­ity Sum­mit and ac­tion plan launch will be held at the Queen El­iz­a­beth II Se­niors and Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Ger­ald­ton.

Desert Blue Con­nect op­er­a­tions ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Daphne White said fam­ily vi­o­lence could be ad­dressed ef­fec­tively by ini­tia­tives such as the sum­mit.

“Desert Blue Con­nect have ad­vo­cated for a long time that Ger­ald­ton needs a high-level strate­gic ac­tion plan and to fo­cus on pri­mary pre­ven­tion to re­duce the lev­els of fam­ily vi­o­lence in our com­mu­nity,” she said. “The CRE Sum­mit is the start of our com­mu­nity jour­ney in pri­mary pre­ven­tion.

“It will in­form, ed­u­cate and cre­ate mo­men­tum within the com­mu­nity to drive pre­ven­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. We are for­tu­nate to have five ex­perts in the field of pri­mary pre­ven­tion at the sum­mit whose knowl­edge will be in­valu­able to those at­tend­ing, as will be their shar­ing of suc­cesses and chal­lenges.”

The sum­mit will be held on Septem­ber 28 from 9am-5.30pm.

Daphne White with Com­mu­nity, Re­spect and Equal­ity project of­fi­cer Margie Robin­son.

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