Pur­ple Bench in Hyde Park

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A PUR­PLE bench hon­our­ing vic­tims of do­mes­tic homi­cide has been placed at Hyde Park.

The new bench fea­tur­ing a plaque en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to seek ad­vice and sup­port is among many be­ing in­stalled in pub­lic spa­ces in WA through part­ner­ships be­tween the Women’s Coun­cil for Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Services in WA and lo­cal coun­cils.

“The pur­ple bench move­ment started in Canada in 2015 to hon­our the me­mory of Barb Bail­lie and has since spread across the world,” City of Vin­cent Deputy Mayor Su­san Gon­taszewski said.

“This bench re­mem­bers those who have all died in WA re­cently, a shock­ing 23 vic­tims since the start of the year,” she said.

“It is for any­one who is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence.”

The Women’s Coun­cil is cam­paign­ing to have more pur­ple benches in­stalled in com­mu­ni­ties to hon­our lo­cal vic­tims.

The benches also act as a vis­ual re­minder of the preva­lence of do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence and its con­se­quences in com­mu­ni­ties.

“The pres­ence of a pur­ple bench raises pub­lic aware­ness and pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for this im­por­tant is­sue to re­main vis­i­ble,” Women’s Coun­cil for Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Services in WA chief ex­ec­u­tive An­gela Hartwig said.

“It pro­vides a phys­i­cal place to re­flect about the im­por­tant work achieved to date and how we can move over the next gen­er­a­tions to bring an end to do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence,” she said.

Women in search of ad­vice and sup­port should con­tact the Women’s DV Helpline 9233 1188 and 1800 007 339, or visit www.wom­en­scoun­cil.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487080

Vin­cent Deputy Mayor Su­san Gon­taszewski sits with Women's Coun­cil for Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Services pol­icy of­fi­cer Kedy Kristal on the new pur­ple bench in Hyde Park to re­mem­ber vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

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