Exhibition to highlight stories of women who have experienced domestic violence
A travelling exhibition at Mitchell Shire's libraries is uncovering the courageous stories of Australian women who have walked out of domestic violence situations. Presented by the Zonta Club of Mitchell, the Walk In My Shoes exhibition features personal stories paired with the 'actual shoes' worn by women who have lived in violent homes.
The exhibition aims to highlight the womens' strength and provide hope and inspiration for others who may be experiencing similar situations.
According to Crime Statistics Agency Victoria, Mitchell Shire’s family violence rate is almost double the Victorian average per 100,000 people.
Zonta Club of Mitchell President Trish Bulluss said the installation, which will travel across the shire throughout August, was not just aimed at women.
"Men are also encouraged to attend as their understanding and advocacy allows us to spread the word that Zonta says 'no' to violence against women," Ms Bulluss said.
"We are extremely fortunate to secure the exhibition and hope that visitors to Mitchell Shire libraries take the time to read and be inspired by the stories attached to the shoes.
"Mitchell Shire is one of the fastest growing shires in Victoria, it is essential that we look after the existing and new families that come to live here.
"Raising awareness of domestic violence and encouraging families to seek help and recognise a problem will mean that we can all live in a healthy and thriving community."
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the exhibition complemented the work Council was doing to help prevent domestic violence in our community.
"Domestic violence is a major issue facing society as a whole and we know what devastating flow on effects it can have - it can lead to relationship breakdowns, addiction and homelessness, to name a few," Cr Sanderson said.
"As part of our advocacy priorities, we're lobbying for a Family Violence Hub to be established in Mitchell Shire and for increased annual crisis funding for family violence support services.
"We're really proud to support proactive initiatives such as the Walk In My Shoes exhibition. We hope it will have a profound impact on all those who attend and help anyone experiencing domestic violence to find the help they need."
Walk In My Shoes was at Broadford Library last week and will be at Seymour Library from 13-17 August, Kilmore Library from 18-25 August and Wallan Library from 27-31 August.
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