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Council continues fight against domestic violence

04/05/2020

Georges River Councillor Colleen Symington called for Georges River Council to work with local organisations to help combat domestic violence in the community, at the Extraordinary Council Meeting on Monday 20 April 2020.

“The numbers of domestic violence cases aren’t dropping - domestic violence is already a social epidemic and these numbers will be escalating due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Councillor Symington.

“In order to raise awareness I propose that Council work with the local domestic violence service providers and the St George Domestic Violence Committee, to develop a brochure for the Georges River area that addresses family and domestic violence, and in particular, coercive control.

“Coercive control is designed to strip someone of their sense of identity and self worth, and I believe Council needs to do everything it can to raise awareness of this important issue,” added Councillor Symington.

Council voted unanimously to develop the brochure and is also supporting an online National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day campaign on Wednesday 6 May 2020, to send a clear message that domestic violence will not be tolerated.

Mayor of Georges River Council Kevin Greene is also calling upon the community to demonstrate a united front on social media, and show support for those who have been affected by domestic violence and help put a stop to the issue.

“490 incidences of domestic violence were reported in the Georges River Council area between January and December last year and sadly, reports of family and domestic violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Greene.

“Tragically, one in four women have experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner since the age of 15 and on average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner.

“These statistics are shocking and Council is supporting the St George Domestic Violence Committee to promote a national social media campaign, and help raise awareness around this important issue.

“On Wednesday 6 May, I encourage you to share a message and photo of yourself holding a candle on your social media platforms, using the hash tags #DVRemembranceDay and #ENDDFV.

“This will also help to reinforce what service providers are communicating across the country - that they are open for business, and I urge anyone who is struggling with these issues to call emergency services or the domestic helpline.

“By standing together we are stronger, louder and can better spread the message that we care, and there is support available for those who need it,” added Mayor Greene.

Residents are encouraged to share this message alongside a photo of them holding a candle on social media:

Today on National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day I stand up and say no to domestic and family violence and light this candle to acknowledge all of the victims of domestic abuse. Domestic and family violence is already seeing an increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t be a bystander. Stand Up, Speak Out. If you or someone you know needs help, please call NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463. In an emergency call 000 Stand up with me and post a photo with a candle and share this message.

#DVRemembranceDay #ENDDFV.

For information on Georges River Council, please visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au or call 9330 6400.

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