Shire invites Peninsula residents to take a stand on White Ribbon Day

Published on 01 November 2018

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This White Ribbon Day (Friday 23 November) Mornington Peninsula Shire invites you to show your support for the prevention of violence against women by participating in initiatives being held across the Peninsula.

We are supporting the Westernport Respectful Relationships Committee’s White Ribbon Day March which will take place along High Street in Hastings from 11:30am – 1pm on Friday 23 November.

The march, which forms part of Council’s approach to addressing family violence as outlined in our Prevention of Family Violence Implementation Plan 2015-18, starts on the corner of Alfred Street and High Street (near Subway) and finish with speeches, an art exhibition and a free BBQ outside the Hastings library.

Shire Mayor Councillor Bryan Payne said Council “has a long-standing commitment to addressing the gendered drivers of family violence”.

“While all forms of violence are unacceptable, the majority of family violence victims in Australia are women, and men are most likely to be the perpetrators

Member of the Westernport Respectful Relationships Committee and Cerberus Ward Councillor Kate Roper said “White Ribbon Day aims to raise awareness about the root causes of men’s violence against women through promoting gender equality.

“Join your community at the march and demonstrate this year’s White Ribbon Day theme: stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence against women”.

In 2017/18, Victoria Police reported 1,184 family violence incidents on the Peninsula as well as the highest rate in the Bayside Peninsula region of children being recorded at family violence incidents (37.6% compared to 27.6% for Victoria).

Although the rates of family violence incidents in our municipality are extremely concerning, it is pleasing to see that a recent VicHealth survey showed 92.3 per cent of adults in our community would be willing to intervene in a situation of family violence.

From 25 November to 10 December, look out for the return of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Cafes and restaurants across the Peninsula will be providing reusable take-away Keep Cups with messages focusing on actions that individuals can take to call out disrespect when they see or hear it.

Show your support by sharing a photo of your coffee cup using the hashtags #RespectStartsWithMe #Callitout and #mornpenforequality on your social media channels.

WHITE RIBBON DAY MARCH EVENT DETAILS:

Friday 23 November 2018
11:30am sharp (11:45am march begins)
Alfred Street Mall, Hastings 3915
All welcome, no need to RSVP

You can learn more by visiting mornpen.vic.gov.au/whiteribbon or phoning 5950 1099.

PHOTO CAPTION:
Cr Roper and Cr Gill with members of the community, police, SES and CFA at the 2017 White Ribbon Day march down High street, Hastings.