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Forum to help stop family violence before it occurs

Today�s forum was attended by a broad cross section of the Wodonga community

Wodonga Council will today host the first forum in Wodonga that aims to prevent family violence in the community.

“We all want to engage our community in primary prevention efforts – that is, stopping the violence before it occurs,” Wodonga Mayor Cr Anna Speedie said.

 “Family violence is a global, social issue about gender inequality – and it has devastating impacts.

“It destroys families, and undermines communities.”

For Victorian women, violence is the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death for those aged 15 to 45 years.

Children who are exposed to family violence from an early age have much poorer outcomes than other children.

“Family violence does not only affect those directly experiencing it,” Cr Speedie said.

“It also impacts the wider community through increased crime, family breakdown and the reduced ability of women to participate in employment.”

Between 2010 and 2014, rates of family violence in Wodonga increased by 91 per cent.

Wodonga is in the top 10 per cent of reported incidence of family violence in Victoria, and has the highest reported family violence incidence in the Hume region.

Wodonga Council was recently awarded $130,000 under the Victorian Government’s Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Grants Program. The forum on today and tomorrow at The Cube Wodonga is the first step in promoting primary prevention within the local community, with an action plan to be developed by mid 2018.

In October 2016, Wodonga Council adopted the No One Left Behind: Safety, Inclusion, and Equity Strategy 2016-2017 to 2021-2022 – with preventing violence against women and children a key priority.


Last updated: 02-08-2017

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