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Published Monday 25 November 2019
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Walk to end gender-based violence

A historic walk to highlight Mitchell Shire’s united stance against violence in all forms regardless of age, gender or ethnicity will shut down Kilmore’s main street during the first ever Community Walk to End Violence on Friday 29 November.

The campaign provides an opportunity for Council to partner with agencies across the Shire to collectively make an impact and take a stance. As a municipality with significantly high family violence rates, Council want to showcase, as a collective, that it is not tolerated or accepted within our community.

This event aims to bring the community together to highlight a united front, taking a stand against violence, and to highlight that help and support is available for those in need throughout our municipality.

As a lone organisation, Council works hard to support victims of violence, however, we are not a service provider. So, in collaboration with North Central Review, Victoria Police, Nexus Primary Health, Women’s Health Goulburn North East, Goulburn Integrated Family Violence Network, Respect Victoria, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership, Kilmore and District Hospital, and Seymour Health, the community will showcase the strengthened approach to a Mitchell free from violence.

The walk aims to both provide awareness of family violence as a significant issue and violation of human rights.

The united stance will continue across 16 Days of Activism which runs from Monday 25 November until Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Quotes attributable to Mitchell Shire Council Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm

"Building awareness of the driving factors such as gender inequality and rigid gender stereotypes. By coming together, the walk will provide the community with an opportunity to come together and show a united front against violence," he said.

"The 16 Days of Activism is extremely important in highlighting this important topic. We all have to work together to acknowledge the problem and find practical and worthwhile solutions."

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