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Take A Stand

Half of Victoria's 42,076 assaults last year were committed in the home. Family members - almost always women - were the victims of 16,046 of those assaults.

The Chief Commissioner, Ken Lay said these figures were completely unacceptable and the Victorian community would no longer tolerate the excuses men gave to explain away their violence.

Mr Lay called on all Victorians to reconsider what we believed was appropriate behaviour.

And he called on male community leaders to take a stand, saying it was time to change the public narrative on our treatment of women.

"Since I've been Chief Commissioner, when you think about key community issues you often think about who are the spokesmen? Who are the community advocates, who are the high-profile advocates? In the violence against women space, there's no one," he said.

"There's no male that stands up and says 'this is simply outrageous and it needs to stop'. And the message needs to be from the males.

Benalla Health and their partner agencies in the Benalla Family Violence Prevention Network have all agreed to join in the Take a Stand campaign.


Benalla, Family Violence incidents are the 4th highest in the State.

Many thanks to all of the men who attended the "Take a Stand" photo on Monday 29th July. A great article in the Benalla Ensign shows the high level of support within the community on this important issues.

If you want to know more or want to help Benalla Health and their partners in preventing Family Violence contact Neil Stott 5761 4500 or by email: neil.stott@benallhealth.org.au..

We have done this in support of the lead taken by the Chief Commissioner Ken Lay (see photo below)

POLICE Chief Commissioner Ken Lay has praised Denis Napthine, Andrew Demetriou and Robert Doyle for their public stance on ending family violence but says more men need to follow their lead.

Family Violence - "Men have to stand up and change their thinking"


Chief Commissioner Ken Lay Challenge

The Chief Commissioner Ken Lay writes a very thoughtful and challenging article in today's Herald Sun. As the Chair of the Benalla Family Violence Prevention Network, I encourage all of the men of Benalla to read this article and particularly the challenge that the Chief Commissioner lays down for us at the end.

EACH week a woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner. You might think that you don't know these women - that it could never happen to you or someone you know - but you're probably wrong.

Violence against women is not limited to any suburb, or to the poor, or to any fixed, imagined type of person you have in your head. The more than 60,000 family incidents Victoria Police attended in the previous year were spread all over the state: in many different homes, filled with many different people.

So, please: let's talk honestly about this. We owe it to the victims. Too often female victims are subject to blame, ignorance and condemnation. Too often our discussions about violence against women are addled by myth. Let's dispel a few.

First, family violence isn't a discrete phenomenon, separate from the prevailing culture of the day. It doesn't exist in a vacuum. Family violence exists on a long continuum of violence against women and not all of that violence is physical. This continuum of violence is unified by awful attitudes towards women and illustrated by some frightening statitic. (click on the link for more)