Learn to ‘speak out’

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Un­der­stand­ing fam­ily vi­o­lence is the topic of the lat­est ‘speak out’ night at Stawell Church of Christ.

Or­gan­iser Terry Dunn said the event, on Satur­day night, was open to the Stawell district com­mu­nity.

He en­cour­aged peo­ple to at­tend the free event to learn more about the im­por­tant topic.

“Fam­ily vi­o­lence, un­for­tu­nately, is a ma­jor is­sue for com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“This ‘speak out’ night will be an in­for­ma­tive evening ex­am­in­ing the var­i­ous as­pects of the is­sue. The fo­cus is on de­vel­op­ing a shared un­der­stand­ing of fam­ily vi­o­lence and how our com­mu­nity is re­spond­ing through ser­vices and com­mu­nity-wide ini­tia­tives.” Grampians Com­mu­nity Health Home­less­ness and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Team com­mu­nity project of­fi­cer Kath­leen Doole and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Vic­to­ria Po­lice will be guest speak­ers.

Grampians Com­mu­nity Health re­sponded to 502 fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents in the six months from July to De­cem­ber 2017.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides a range of sup­port ser­vices in­clud­ing prac­ti­cal sup­port, case man­age­ment and coun­selling.

The event will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, with sup­per to fol­low the dis­cus­sion.

Peo­ple can call Mr Dunn on 0407 547 417 for more in­for­ma­tion about ‘speak out’ events.

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