Council backs campaign to STOP Violence against women!

Shire of Dardanup Councillors and Staff are standing behind a State Government campaign designed to shine a bright orange light on the national issue of domestic violence against women.

The 16 Days in WA To Stop Violence Against Women campaign is an initiative of the Department of Communities and is now in its 3rd year.

It runs from November 25 to December 10 and and aims to raise awareness, motivate positive actions across Western Australia and advocate on behalf of organisations that oppose violence against women.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said individuals and organisations undertaking leadership roles within their communities played a critical role in helping create change on important social issues.

“This is the first time Council has been so actively involved in a campaign of this nature and I am absolutely proud to be a part of it,” Cr Bennett said.

“I was motivated to take action by the stories I hear and read from our police.

“We have to make change and I am hoping members of our community will follow our lead on this.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2018, Western Australia recorded the largest number of family and domestic violence related homicide offences (37 victims) across the nation.

According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.

Cr Bennett said the campaign’s key message is that everyone in Australia has the opportunity to speak out about violence against women.

“Violence against women, in all its forms, is unacceptable,” Cr Bennett said.

“If we are going to create change then we all have to commit to speaking out and calling people out when we witness anything inappropriate – that includes disrespectful jokes and comments by our mates, because to change the statistics we have to change our attitudes and our culture.”

The Shire of Dardanup will be participating in the 16 Days community awareness campaign by sharing information and messages via its Facebook page and website including the campaign hashtags #16DaysInWA #StopTheViolence.