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Taking action to end violence against women

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Dr Leigh Gassner

MORE than 25 Grampians organisations have united in a campaign to end violence against women and their children. ‘Communities of Respect and Equality’ is a plan for how we can all make a difference to end violence against women. It invites commitment from organisations across the region to join together and work towards a vision of communities of respect and equality.

Women’s Health Grampians CEO Marianne Hendron.
Women’s Health Grampians CEO Marianne Hendron.

The Honourable Jaala Pulford MP, Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development will launch the strategy at Ballarat Specialist School FARM, 800 Norman Street, Invermay on Monday May 30.

“All violence against women and their children is unacceptable and it’s preventable,” said Women’s Health Grampians CEO Marianne Hendron. “It has been uplifting to meet with and hear from senior leaders of organisations across the Grampians region who believe by working together we can create communities of respect and equality where everybody has the right to be safe.” Former Victoria Police assistant commissioner Dr Leigh Gassner has consulted the Australian Human Rights Commission and internationally on violence against women, and will be a guest speaker at the launch.

“Mobilising the community, in building equality and respect is key to preventing violence against women and children. Violence against women is a community issue and we must all work towards creating safety. The leadership from these 25 organisations in developing this prevention plan is a significant step,” Dr Gassner said. “Organisations who commit to the strategy will be working in practical ways to prevent violence and address gender inequality.” Ms Hendron said. “It is not a one size fits all approach.” “They will consider their size, location, capacity and resources. Importantly, they will be supported by Women’s Health Grampians with expert advice, workplace training, leadership briefings and change management assistance.” Anyone who is interested in learning more about the strategy or attending the launch may contact Women’s Health Grampians, call 5322 4100. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000