Family violence session in Stawell
Lifeline Ballarat will host a free domestic violence awareness workshop in Stawell on Tuesday.
Lifeline Ballarat program manager Michelle Macgillivray said one woman a week died as a result of domestic and family violence in Australia.
She said the shocking statistic needed to be addressed by everyone in the community and encouraged people to attend the workshop from 9.45am to noon.
Ms Mcgillivray said the highly interactive twohour workshops were extremely popular and for any adult interested in understanding more about domestic and family violence.
“If we are going to empower community members to take steps to reduce domestic and family violence, we first have to teach people to recognise the signs and forms of abuse that represent domestic and family violence,” she said.
“We need people to become familiar with the themes of power and control that are present in cases of domestic and family violence.
“We also need people to think about what they can do if they know someone who is experiencing domestic and family violence.”
Ms Macgillivray said while services such as 1800 RESPECT, 1800 737 732, and Lifeline’s 13 11 14 crisis line provided valuable 24-7 support to women subjected to domestic and family violence, a whole-of-community approach was vital.
“That is why raising community awareness is an important first step,” she said.
She said the domestic violence alert training was recognised as one of the key initiatives under the Australian Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.
People can call Lifeline Ballarat on 5322 4996 or email lifeline.bal[email protected]ing.com to register for the Stawell workshop or for more information.