23 November 2017 - March Against Violence
Benalla Health in partnership with the local community again demonstrated an enduring commitment to reducing family violence with the 8th annual White Ribbon “Benalla March Against Violence” on Thursday, November 23. The march has grown each year in numbers and we were pleased to see 700 people attend the march in 2017.
The event was highly successful with many people stepping up share their stories from the podium. It was a moving and touching experience for those in attendance - the stories were real and heartfelt.
For those who attended the march we are asking them to complete an online survey to help us improve for next year. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017BenallaWRDMarchSurvey
Building a Safer Benalla
Benalla Health is committed to building a safe benalla through the work of the Benalla Health and Wellbeing Action Group which incorporates the Benalla Family Violence Network.
This group of agencies is committed to working with the people of Benalla to reduce Family Violence in all of its forms. Of most concern is the prevalance of family violence involving children.
Former Chief Commissioner Ken Lay said:
"Family violence continues to be a blight on our society. It’s driving up crimes such as assaults, property damage, rapes and harassment."
Victoria Police's policy on FV is found here
Vic Health has recently published a significant document
Who to Contact
If you want more information, ring the Benalla Community Care Centre (Ray Sweeney Centre) on (03) 5761 4500 and ask for Neil Stott.
Looking for Help?
The White Ribbon Day website has some terrific resources that enable you to be come more informed. http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/
Information for men
The issue of men and family violence. It is a balanced and thoughtful response to your question. http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/resources/what-about-men
Also on the WRD website are excellent fact sheets that are well researched and form the basis of the WRD campaign nationally. http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/resources/facts