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Council stands strong on preventing violence against women
07 May 2013
Yarra City Council will undertake a series of actions to publicly highlight the issue of violence against women as police records reported an increase in incidents of family violence in Yarra in 2011/12.
Yarra Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky, said it was important for Council to show leadership and draw community attention to this issue.
“Intimate partner violence – the kind that mostly happens behind closed doors - is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness for women aged 15 – 44 years. This disturbing statistic underlies Council’s action to raise awareness of the extent of the problem.”
“Violence against women is unacceptable. As a community, we cannot tolerate any act of violence that causes physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women,” Cr Fristacky said.
“In 2011/12, there were 591 reported incidents of family violence in Yarra – 76% of which involved women aged between 15 and 44 - making this a very real and relevant issue for our community,” she said.
“The tragedy is that these figures reflect only reported incidents.
Last month, Council adopted an action plan to help raise awareness about violence against women and promote respectful relationships between men and women.
Council’s actions to prevent violence against women include:
- Developing an ambassador program and action team for White Ribbon Day – the international day for the elimination of violence against women;
- Continuing to support the production of pocket-sized help cards that provide contacts and resources for women in need;
- Developing and implementing a tool that will assess and help increase women’s use of local sporting facilities;
- Including promotion of respectful relationships and prevention of violence against women within Council’s Annual Grant guidelines.
Cr Fristacky said Council also plays a major role in promoting gender equity in the workplace through the work of an internal Gender Equity Working Group.
“Council’s Gender Equity Working Group brings men and women together from across our organisation to transform the concept of gender equity into real life practice,” she said.
“We are committed to working with our staff and members of the community to lead the way in creating a safe, respectful and inclusive community.”
To further acknowledge that commitment, Council representatives yesterday joined with 30 local government and community organisations to commit to the vision and goals of the Building a Respectful Community Strategy.
The strategy, developed by Women’s Health in the North, promotes a coordinated approach to addressing violence against women in Melbourne’s inner north.
Acting Senior Communications Officer
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