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Hon Darren Chester MP and White Ribbon Day Ambassador Hon Tim Bull MP will be among the many Gippslanders taking part in the ‘walk a kilometre in her shoes’ family violence prevention pledge aimed at raising awareness and building community support to address family violence in Gippsland.
Held on 6 of November in Orbost, the event aims to prevent family violence in Gippsland and forms part of the planned activities supporting White Ribbon day.
The Hon Tim Bull, Member for Gippsland East said the two most common forms of violence against women in Australia are family violence and sexual assault.
“In order to prevent this type of violence it is important to understand women’s experiences and publically show our support to stopping it.”
“The walk is part of a larger strategy coordinated by Gippsland Women’s Health and funded by the Victorian Government that involves workplaces, sporting clubs and partnerships across organisations to address attitudes towards women that contribute to the problem of violence against women.”
“Approximately 60,000 family violence reports are received by police annually across Victoria, of which parts of Gippsland hold the highest number of reports.”
Women in remote areas are identified as a higher risk group due to lack of resources, distance from services and help, exposure to fire arms and less likely to report. East Gippsland Shire has some of the more remote communities within Gippsland and therefore less likely to be exposed to prevention projects and messages. A sub-regional working group has been established in Far East Gippsland to ensure that these communities are able to participate in prevention and awareness activities.