Mansfield Shire Council is participating in the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.
The annual campaign begins on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and finishes on 10 December (World Human Rights Day), highlighting the link between violence against women with human rights issues.
Mayor Cr James Tehan said the campaign was a good opportunity to promote real, achievable ways the community could come together to prevent community violence.
“We were astounded to see that almost five percent of our community had reported experiencing family violence when we completed our Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan,” said Cr Tehan.
“We had more family violence incidents as a percentage of our population than the state average. During this campaign, Council is taking the opportunity to make it clear that violence in any form is not tolerated or accepted in our community.”
“It’s clear that we need to talk about respect for women, respect for one another and how respect sits at the core of all safe and healthy relationships. If you see disrespectful behaviours, call them out. By doing so, we stand together to create a community where everyone feels safe, equal and supported.”
If you are experiencing violence or if these issues cause you distress, help is available.