Community asked to join battle against family violence
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.