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Alarming family violence statistics released

The Benalla Family Violence Network and Benalla Police have today released concerning trends in regards to family violence.

The Benalla Family Violence Network and Benalla Police have today released concerning trends in regards to family violence.

Network Chair and White Ribbon Ambassador, Neil Stott and Benalla Police Sergeant Harry Verbaken said they were highly concerned about the latest statistics, which showed the following:

Where family violence incidents are reported to the Police, the statistics show that out of 79 LGAs, Benalla Rural City municipality is:

  • Fifth in the State (up from ninth last year);
  • First in the Hume region (up from third);
  • Fifth in the State for the number of children present during a family violence incident (down from second);
  • First in the Hume region for the number of children present during a family violence incident (no change).

“While Benalla is a highly active community in terms of educating the community about family violence and how to support victims, we obviously need to do more,” Mr Stott said.

“For us, the focus for the next 12 months is continuing to encourage victims, family and friends to report family incidents to the police.

“We will also focus on what we can do as individuals and community groups to call out family violence where it occurs and challenge the cultural norms that are the root cause of controlling and violent behaviour.”

Sgt Verbaken said there were many things which agencies and individuals could do at community level, including becoming a Benalla White Ribbon Supporter, being a positive role model in the community, taking part in community action events and bystander training.

Today also saw the launch of Benalla’s 2016 White Ribbon Day Campaign which will culminate in the annual Benalla “Walk Against Violence” on Thursday, November 24 at 11.30am from the Benalla Mural.

 

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