Violence a domestic issue
TODAY'S White Ribbon Day launches 16 days of Activism Against Violence Against Women, and the message is very clear ? Australia says NO.
Established in 1991, the 16-day campaign is an internationally recognised period aimed at raising awareness of, and prevention, of all forms of violence against women.
Mid North Coast Regional Violence Prevention Specialist, Kirsten Busby, said this was the first year that NSW would actively engage in the 16 days of activism.
"Given that we know one in four women experience some form of violence, such as domestic violence or sexual assault, it's important that the Government continues its commitment to providing appropriate services to women who are victims as well as concentrate on ways of preventing violence occurring in the first place," Ms Bushby said.
The campaign calls for the elimination of all forms of violence of women by raising awareness, strengthening local work, creating new and effective strategies, and demonstrating the solidarity of women.
All residents are urged to participate in the campaign, whether it be as a group or individual.
You can participate by educating the community about violence against women through educating your children, organising forums or information sessions or simply exchanging messages of support to those in the community.
Coffs Coast residents will also be invited to join in a number of events that are planned for the campaign with further information available in later issues.
With the campaign's main aim to raise awareness of violence against women, the Coffs Coast Advocate will be running a number of stories throughout the 16 days.
These will cover what your legal rights are, where to go to help (focusing on local services), the different types of violence and what you can do if you know someone who is a victim.