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    2018 - 07.03

    WARRNAMBOOL City Council is strengthening its commitment to preventing violence against women.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The council has signed on to Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence — a workplace-based program delivered by Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West.

    It takes a three-pronged approach which aims to change attitudes and behaviours that sustain violence, while developing and implementing workplace policies and sending a message through the workplace that domestic violence won’t be tolerated.

    Employees will take part in three 45-minute training and coaching sessions. Southern Grampians Shire, Wannon Water and Brophy Family and Youth Services have also signed on to the program.

    City council chief executive officer Bruce Anson said as a major employer the council was proud to set an example.

    “We all have a role to play in the prevention of violence against women and as a sector with a strong commitment to social justice, we see the Take A Stand program as a perfect fit for us,” Mr Anson said.

    “Council staff will take part in education sessions that highlight the issue of violence against women and recognise the solution focuses on promoting respect and equality.”

    The latest Victoria Police data shows reported incidents of domestic violence in the Warrnambool police service area was 15.8 incidents per 1000 population — compared to 11.29 per 1000 population statewide.

    Signing on to Take A Stand builds on the council’s well-established work in its field, which includes leading the development of the Great South Coast Prevention of Violence against Women and Children strategy, its White Ribbon Day projects and leading the Great South Coast Baby Makes Three program — a prevention program promoting equal and respectful relationships.

    Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West executive officer Emily Lee-Ack said the council had shown great leadership by taking on the program, demonstrating its commitment to both corporate and social responsibility.

    “The issue of domestic violence is a national emergency and the response and take-up of the program in our region has been very encouraging,” Ms Lee-Ack said.

    People experiencing domestic violence should call the national domestic family violence counselling service on 1800 737 732.

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