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City programs aim to end violence

Published on Tuesday 5 December, 2017

City programs aim to end violence

A series of City of Gosnells programs and activities aims to address the issues of domestic and family violence in the community.

Organisations and individuals around the world are currently devoting 16 days to highlighting violence against women and girls as part of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The 2017 theme ‘Leave no one behind’ aims to raise public awareness and mobilise people everywhere to bring about change. The 16-day campaign ends on Sunday 10 December, which is Human Rights Day.

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said that the City’s efforts to reduce domestic and family violence were ongoing all year round.

“We run activities and programs to put the spotlight on domestic and family violence and give affected members of our community the skills and confidence to address these issues,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“We all know that violence in any form is simply unacceptable in our community, and it is up to all of us to do our bit to stop it from happening.”

In 2016/17, the City’s Youth Services team partnered with Lifeline to provide a series of ‘DV Alert’ courses for local people and agencies, and the City intends to repeat this initiative in the future.

Youth Services also runs the weekly Buzz Mentors program for young men and women who live in the City of Gosnells, to help them develop social skills, make new friends and participate in fun life skills activities in a relaxed, supervised environment. A key component of the Buzz program focuses on building respectful relationships and offers strategies to try to ensure violence does not occur.

With the WA Health Department, the City was recently involved in developing a Gosnells Alcohol Management Plan, to determine priority issues and strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm, including family violence.

The City has run a variety of workshops and programs focused on protective behaviours for children, and family support information for parents.

In May this year, the City held a Women of the World Expo at Mills Park with a large number of community organisations and social services. Women and men from all backgrounds were invited to talk to health professionals, join interactive activities, learn about nutrition and exercise, and connect to local support services.

“City staff work tirelessly to organise education and behaviour-focused programs for the community with the goal of providing positive role modelling and minimising domestic violence,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

For more information about City of Gosnells initiatives and programs, see the website at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au.