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Domestic violence community awareness day on Friday at Town Square

PICTURE: Mission Australia at the 2019 homeless BBQ in the Town Square – Barrier Truth archives

By Jason Irvine

Just a reminder, this Friday sees a community awareness day to highlight and raise awareness of domestic violence in the community will be held at the Broken Hill Town Square from 12pm.

The event – jointing partnered by the Far West LHD Violence Abuse and Neglect Service (VANS) and the Violence Abuse and Neglect Interagency – is part of the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism campaign. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘UNITE!

Activism to end violence against women and girls’.

NSW Police statistics from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, for Broken Hill show there were 1461 reported instances of domestic family violence (including domestic violence-related assaults and domestic violence-related breaches of apprehended violence orders).

Far West LHD VANS Manager Mrs Sherree Ferrell said the campaign – and the event – would help raise community awareness of the prevalence and impact of gendered violence against women and girls, and educate the local community about the available support services.

”Gender-based violence against women and girls includes harassment, sexual harassment, discrimination, coercive control, physical violence, sexual violence, verbal abuse, psychological and emotional abuse, social economic abuse and spiritual abuse,” Mrs Ferrell said.

“We’re hoping this campaign will highlight how domestic and family violence remains a significant issue for female and male victims, their children, families and extended kinship connections within our community.

At the community awareness day, stalls will carry information and handouts for the community about the support services available to them. A free barbeque will also be provided by Mission Australia, as well as artworks displayed by local high school students who have attended respectful relationship education program, Lovebites.

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