VCOSS Event: Family violence: changing the conversation

VCOSS invites you to a special event during Anti-Poverty Week.

Violence against women and children in Victoria is one of the most serious issues facing our state, with huge repercussions not just for the families involved but for the broader community.

Family violence is the leading cause of homelessness in Victoria, a significant driver of poverty and disadvantage, and one of the main reasons the crime rate in this state continues to rise.

It also goes to the heart of the way we regard each other, especially those who are vulnerable.

Every week in Australia a woman is murdered by her partner or ex-partner. As Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay recently noted, if people were being killed at such rates on the streets or at train stations there would be community uproar.

His stand shows the mood is shifting. So too does the high-profile Take a Stand campaign launched by the Herald Sun newspaper against the silence and stigma that surrounds family violence.

This change in the conversation is welcome, yet women are still too often blamed and family violence is still often regarded as a private problem.

That begs the question:  Why don’t we as a community do more about violence against women and children – in our schools, in our workplaces, in the media and with friends and family?

During Anti-Poverty Week 2013 VCOSS will host a special event to discuss that question with:

  • Damon Johnston, Editor of the Herald Sun
  • Detective Inspector Kerryn Hynam APM, Victoria Police Family Violence Coordination Unit
  • Fiona McCormack, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria
  • Danny Blay, CEO of No To Violence
  • Emma King, CEO of VCOSS

Register to join the conversation:

Wednesday 16 October
10.15am for 10.30am – 12.00pm
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Please contact Michelle Lane at VCOSS with any queries on michelle.lane@vcoss.org.au and 9235 1009.

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