HILLS DV GROUP WANTS A SAY

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - The Great Outdoors - Bev Jor­dan STORY AND PHOTO BY

The peak um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Hills for ser­vices work­ing with vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence has set its sights on AVOs (Ap­pre­hended Vi­o­lence Or­ders) and how to im­prove their ef­fec­tive­ness be­fore the courts.

The is­sue was raised at the Net­work’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, July 18 after an at­tendee said her hus­band had breached his AVO eight times un­til he was re­fused bail be­fore the courts.

Guest speaker, lawyer Pallavi Sinha, spoke about the re­cent deaths of teenagers Jack and Jen­nifer Ed­wards in West Pen­nant Hills at the hands of their fa­ther fol­low­ing a pro­tracted cus­tody dis­pute say­ing it had raised ques­tions for gun law re­form.

She said the up­com­ing Gov­ern­ment cam­paign: Vi­o­lence Against

Women: Let’s Stop It At The Start is aimed at cre­at­ing a frame­work of re­spect at a young age.

She in­vited Net­work mem­bers to help pre­pare a pub­lic sub­mis­sion to the Joint State and Fed­eral cam­paign to Stop DV.

Aileen Moun­ti­field from the Lisa Har­num Foun­da­tion said the lack of gov­ern­ment fund­ing for DV ser­vices needed to be ad­dressed.

More than 40 peo­ple were at the meet­ing in­clud­ing Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne, Hills Lo­cal Area Po­lice Com­man­der Supt Rob Critchlow and pres­i­dent of The Cas­tle Hill RSL Group War­ren Glenny.

Uma Menon Con­venor of the Hills Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion Net­work spoke about the net­work and its’ mem­bers’ con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year in­clud­ing the March Against Vi­o­lence on White Rib­bon Day from Cas­tle Tow­ers to Cas­tle Hill RSL, the an­nual Par­ent Fo­rum on manag­ing

chal­leng­ing be­hav­iours with teens in the fam­ily and two suc­cess­ful fo­rums for women, Spark the Change and Women Break­ing Bar­ri­ers.

The Net­work has also up­dated and re-printed nearly 4000 copies of the book Charmed and Dan­ger­ous - a guide to re­claim­ing a healthy re­la­tion­ship. The book also con­tains a list of sup­port and re­fer­ral ser­vices.

There has also been a very pos­i­tive re­sponse to The Good Men Project which is still on exhibition at Cas­tle Tow­ers.

ELECTED

Uma Menon (Com­mu­nity Mi­grant Re­source Cen­tre) was re-elected as con­venor of HDVPN for the next year; sec­re­tary (re-elected) is Linda Le­mon (Lisa Har­num Foun­da­tion); trea­surer is Donna Fraser (Zonta Club Syd­ney Hills) and Pub­lic­ity Of­fi­cer is Bev Jor­dan (Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional of The Hills District).

The busy cal­en­dar con­tin­ues with the 2018 White Rib­bon March on Novem­ber 23. Any­one in­ter­ested in know­ing more about the Net­work should email hills­d­vpre­ven­tion@gmail.com

GET­TING HELP

Kids Help Line 1800 551 800 Na­tional Coun­selling Line 1800 RE­SPECT DV Line 1800 656 463 Emer­gency Ac­com­mo­da­tion Line 1800 152 152

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