Local organisations say 'no' to family violence

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

We (the City of Greater Geelong) take our role in keeping our community safe seriously and has taken an active stance against family violence through by collaborating with local organisations to speak out against this prevalent but preventable issue.

Tomorrow morning, 23 local organisations, will sign a Statement of Commitment acknowledging family violence is unacceptable and, as leaders within the Greater Geelong community, they will promote gender equity, respectful relationships and share resources to develop their organisations and workforces.

We are coordinating conversations between signatories about resource sharing and a schedule of activities for 2018, which will encourage other organisations to sign the Statement of Commitment.

To mark the signing, local organisations will attend a launch tomorrow, at the Geelong Conference Centre in Eastern Park Gardens, where VicHealth CEO, Jerril Rechter, will deliver an address on the important role that organisations can play in preventing family violence.

Our partners, signing the Statement of Commitment are:

  1. Barwon Area Integrated Family Violence Committee
  2. Barwon Child, Youth and Family
  3. Barwon Community Legal Service
  4. Barwon Health
  5. Barwon Water
  6. Bellarine Community Health
  7. Bethany Community Support Inc
  8. City of Greater Geelong
  9. Deakin University
  10. Diversitat
  11. G21 - Geelong Region Alliance
  12. Gateways Support Services
  13. Geelong Chamber of Commerce
  14. Geelong Football Club
  15. Geelong Regional Library Corporation
  16. Give Where you Live Foundation
  17. Leisure Networks
  18. Salvo Connect Barwon
  19. The Gordon
  20. The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre
  21. Victoria Police
  22. Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative Ltd
  23. Worksafe

Individuals within our community who are experiencing family violence are encouraged to call The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre (formerly Barwon CASA/ Minerva Community Services) on 03 5222 4318, 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) or Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre freecall  1800 015 188.

A media opportunity to photograph the Statement of Commitment signatories is scheduled for 9:20am on Thursday 30 November 2017 at the Geelong Conference Centre, 20 Adams Court, Eastern Park Gardens.

Kelvin Spiller - CEO

“Many City activities and staff have the ability to directly or indirectly influence, raise awareness and create positive action and outcomes in relation to family violence.”

“We are proud to be collaborating with so many like-minded organisations to help prevent violence in our families, and those families we serve or interact with across our community.”