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Published Friday 23 August 2019

Family Violence Roundtable follow up

Community leaders, practitioners, community organisations and Council will join together for a follow-on session to the successful Family Violence Roundtable held earlier this year.

Mitchell Shire Council will facilitate a second forum on Wednesday, 28 August to further the development of a broader Mitchell and Murrindindi Operational Prevention Network for our community to end family violence.

The first roundtable brought together health organisations, media outlets, councillors and community leaders who received an overview of Mitchell Shire’s family violence data and the services provided before the audience broke off into small groups to discuss how we can work together on solutions.

The follow up Family Violence Roundtable will be the fourth event facilitated by Mitchell Shire Council in the past year.

At the last roundtable, Former Lifeline Chief Executive Officer Dawn O’Neil spoke on the challenges our community faces before commending those in attendance about their commitment to work together to solve complex social problems.

She spoke about taking a leap forward together by:

  • Sharing a common agenda, working towards ending Family Violence
  • Establishing clear community-orientated goals
  • Collaborating on like-minded campaigns and programs to end Family Violence
  • Opening the communication channels with all stakeholders and establish a Family Violence Preventative network

Mitchell Shire is ranked 11 out of 79 Victorian councils for police callouts for family violence incidents.

In late 2018, Mitchell Shire Council received a grant through the Free from Violence Local Government program to work alongside the Victorian Government’s Free From Violence strategy, this funding has allowed Council to deliver forums such as these Roundtable sessions.

For support for sexual assault and/or domestic family violence, please contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Safe Steps are available 24/7 for anybody experiencing family violence on 1800 015 188.

If you or somebody you know are struggling, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

“We remain committed to preventing family violence through our awareness program as we strive to make our community safe. Roundtables and forums where we can collectively talk to each other about this issue is important and we will continue to move forward,” he said.

“The family violence roundtable was a real eye opener for me personally and I noted that achieving gender equity is one of the prime preventative measures.”