Changing Domestic Violence culture
DOMESTIC violence is a silent scourge in communities, but now a local group is showing people how they can help address the issue and change that culture which causes so much angst to so many families and individuals.
Community members are invited to join with Dubbo Violence Prevention Collective (DVPC) to take part in the “You CAN ask that!” initiative, to take a stand to help end violence against women.
According to DVPC chair Angela Coker, the event will provide an interactive presentation with four local panel members who she says will courageously share their personal domestic and family violence experiences, and provide an opportunity for people to ask questions to the panel members.
“The Dubbo Violence Prevention Collective (DVPC) is a local domestic violence committee that works towards the prevention of domestic and sexual violence against women and children,” Ms Coker said.
“The DVPC is made up of members from government and non-government agencies, and the local community who all share a common goal to help increase awareness and to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women.
“Domestic and family violence is a crime that does not discriminate – it affects people from all walks of life. It’s important to remember that domestic violence not only means physical assaults – psychological, mental and emotional abuse that intimidates or coerces a person is also a form of violence,” she said.
Although the domestic violence advocacy organisation White Ribbon Australia regrettably went into liquidation in October of this year, Ms Coker said it remains vital to continue alongside the International White Ribbon campaign to engage men and boys to work towards the elimination of violence against women.
Jennie Phillips runs media liaison for the collective and said the DVPC is holding two events to raise awareness and take a stand against domestic and family violence.
“The Rotunda event is to provide domestic and family violence related information with the assistance of service providers who offer support for those most vulnerable and affected people in our community,” Ms Phillips said.
“We have invited Year 10 and 11 school students and encourage people of the community to attend the ‘You CAN Ask That!’ event – together we can break the silence and bring a voice to domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is a serious problem which impacts many families. We’re working on prevention of domestic violence and want to work as a community to end it, including awareness. As a community we need to breed the culture that domestic violence is not acceptable – these events are part of that,” she said.
White Ribbon is a global campaign to end violence against women which originated in Canada in 1991, and aims to recognise the positive role men play in preventing violence against women.
November 25 is also the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. z The first event will be staged at the Church Street Rotunda on Thursday, November 21, from 10am-2pm with a free barbecue provided. The ‘You CAN ask that!’ event will be held at Dubbo College Senior Campus Hall on Friday, November 22, 10am-12.30pm. To take part, simply RSVP via 123tix.com.au, look for You CAN ask that! Domestic Violence forum.
Jennie Phillips and Angela Coker from the Domestic Violence Collective. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS