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MEDIA RELEASE - Council says no to gender-based violence

15 November

Say no to gender-based violence this month alongside Glenelg Shire Council at two key local events.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, highlighting the importance of calling out disrespectful behaviour and attitudes that lead to violence, runs from 25 November to 10 December under the banner of Respect Women - Call it Out.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was proud to “make a stand”, highlighting the importance of bystander intervention in calling out disrespect.

“Statistics show that one woman a week in Australia is murdered by a current or former partner. Alarmingly, one in three Australian women, that is one third of our female population, have experienced physical violence since the age of 15. Furthermore, one in five will have experienced sexual violence,” Cr Rank said.

“These statistics are abhorrent. These are figures that effect our own backyard. There are friends, family members, colleagues, who are a number in these statistics and the trend must end.”

The Glenelg Shire Council in partnership with Portland Rotary Say No to Family Violence Committee, is hosting an evening of discussion, exploring the issue of family violence in the community.

Hosted by the Portland Library on Thursday 28 November from 6pm, the event will explore how the community can stop family violence from occurring.

“We are extremely proud to host domestic violence survivor and advocate Simone O’Brien (pictured) who will share her personal story and journey to recovery. She will also highlight some of the red flags associated with domestic violence, from both an individual and community perspective,” Cr Rank said.

“She will be joined by Detective Sergeant Jason Dance of the Warrnambool Family Violence Investigation Unit who will share details about our regional story of family violence, highlighting local statistics and how the police manage, help and support domestic and family violence incidents. The conversation will also explore legal definitions of intimate partner abuse.”

The 16 Days of Activism campaign continues on Tuesday 3 December with Sketch Respect at the Heywood Library from 5.30pm, aiding a local conversation towards creating a more respectful community.

Cr Rank said the event aimed to engage the community, encouraging ideas on what a respectful, inclusive and safe community looks like.

“An artist will be live drawing during the session to capture the community voice. This is an exciting opportunity to share the work that you or your organisation has been doing to promote respect and what you hope to do or see in the future in Heywood,” Cr Rank said.

“Community members that contribute will be able to receive a digital drawing to keep or print and display the artwork at their workplace, school or club to encourage a broader conversation.

“A Sketch Respect pop-up session will also be held at the Heywood Bakery for those who can’t make the evening event but are eager to share their ideas of what a respectful community looks like.”

Say No – Family Violence in a Community Context
Thursday 28 November 2019
6pm – 7.30pm
Portland Library
Please Note: children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Refreshments and tea and coffee provided.
For further information or to RSVP to this free event contact community development officer Jane Ruge on 5522 2190 or email

Sketch Respect
Tuesday 3 December 2019
Heywood Library
Refreshments and tea and coffee provided.

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