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CFA members to walk against family violence
As White Ribbon Day draws near, CFA members in North West Region are gearing up to take a stand to end violence against women.
CFA will join public and private sector organisations for the Bendigo Walks for White Ribbon Day on the 25th November. The walk gives CFA members and the broader community an opportunity to shout-out against family violence.
‘The statistics shocked me’, says Assistant Chief Officer, Mike Wassing. ‘This is a serious issue that should not be tolerated, and everybody has a role to play in preventing violence’, he says.
And the statisticsare shocking. One in every three women experiences violence by an intimate partner. On average, one woman is killed by an intimate partner every week in Australia. Victorian Police responded to more than 65,000 family violence incidences last financial year alone, and violence against women costs the Australian economy more than 14.4 billion dollars per annum.
At the recent Loddon Mallee Takes a Stand conference in Bendigo attended by CFA members from across the region, a range of speakers spoke about how a whole-of-community approach is needed to create a culture of violence prevention. Many proposed measures that involve ensuring we’re more informed and in particular, ensuring we don’t stand by or stay silent.
‘Tolerance is the equivalent of acceptance’, says Bill Johnstone, D18 Operations Manager and conference attendee. ‘When we show active intolerance towards family violence, we become part of the solution. If we stand by, we’re part of the problem’, he says.
And this is what White Ribbon Day is all about; a day of community to action to raise awareness about the effects of violence against women and how as a community to we can come together to create change.
‘I encourage CFA members in North West Region to join us at the Bendigo Town Hall at 1200 hours, or take part in one of the many White Ribbon activities occurring around the state ’, says Mike Wassing.
Mike recently became an ambassador for the Loddon Mallee Takes a Stand campaign.
For more information about White Ribbon Day visit: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/