Purple Bench in Hyde Park
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.
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.