Fam­ily vi­o­lence ses­sion in Stawell

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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.

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