Com­mu­nity asked to join bat­tle against fam­ily vi­o­lence

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - NEWS -

IN­DIGO Shire Coun­cil mayor Jenny O’Con­nor has joined with 31 other fe­male may­ors from across Vic­to­ria seek­ing to raise aware­ness, and a uni­fied will to ad­dress un­ac­cept­able lev­els of fam­ily vi­o­lence within the state.

Cr O’Con­nor is a sig­na­tory to the fol­low­ing penned piece, which seeks to rally the com­mu­nity to help ad­dress and lessen in­ci­dents of fam­ily vi­o­lence.

“AS the 2017 may­oralty year draws to an end we can all look back with pride as 2017 holds the high­est num­ber of women may­ors ever elected in Vic­to­ria’s his­tory.

“We stand united in our con­cern about the un­ac­cept­able level of fam­ily vi­o­lence in our com­mu­ni­ties and we hear the vic­tims’ voices.

“We know that the role of gen­der in­equal­ity con­trib­utes to the preva­lence of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“And this is an is­sue we all need to take a united stand on as a com­mu­nity.

“We need to en­sure that our ap­proaches are ev­i­dence-based and based on best prac­tice from across the world.

“We need to change the cul­ture that al­lows vi­o­lence by send­ing the right mes­sages to our chil­dren; by sup­port­ing early child­hood and school ed­u­ca­tors to em­bed re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships into the cur­ricu­lum from preschool, through­out pri­mary and sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

“We ask all lev­els of govern­ment to unite to work to­gether on pre­ven­tion of vi­o­lence, as well as pro­vid­ing ser­vice to those need­ing im­me­di­ate and on­go­ing sup­port. “Rais­ing aware­ness of gen­der eq­uity is es­sen­tial to chang­ing at­ti­tudes to­wards women that can lead to dis­re­spect and vi­o­lence.

“We are ask­ing that all women politi­cians at every level of govern­ment and from all sides of pol­i­tics join us and pledge to take a stand against vi­o­lence af­fect­ing women and chil­dren.

“We also ask our men col­leagues and male com­mu­nity lead­ers to stand be­side us and con­tinue to sup­port our ef­forts to work to­gether against fam­ily vi­o­lence.

“We also thank all of the won­der­ful ser­vice providers and peo­ple across the com­mu­nity who are do­ing so much to ad­dress fam­ily vi­o­lence and add our voice to the enor­mous ef­forts al­ready be­ing made by so many.

“To­gether we can tackle fam­ily vi­o­lence and make our homes and com­mu­ni­ties safer places.

“Join us in our united ef­fort to say no to vi­o­lence against women.”

UNITED: In­digo mayor Jenny O’Con­nor.

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