Council stands against domestic violence

Published Monday, 20th November 2017

White ribbon walk 2015

Fairfield City Council is proud to support a number of community events as part of its annual commitment to 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women and White Ribbon Day.

The international 16 Days of Action campaign occurs between 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and 10 December, Human Rights Day.

Council will support eleven community events to raise awareness and to prevent domestic violence in partnership with nine organisations and their partners, including Cabramatta and Fairfield Police, CORE Community Services and Youth Off The Streets.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said Council was committed to community safety.

“Council strongly opposes domestic and family violence and supports community events which raise awareness of this important issue,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse. Whatever the form, it is not acceptable under any circumstances.

“We must all do our bit to help raise awareness and prevent domestic violence in our society.”

Mayor Carbone said that as part of Council’s commitment to domestic violence awareness, a new social media community campaign will be launched on 25 November.

“Council has also created a social media campaign in consultation with Council’s Crime Prevention Committee to further raise awareness of domestic violence issues,” Mayor Carbone said.

“It’s important that we try to get as much information out there for people to learn what constitutes domestic violence and how they can overcome this issue or help others who may be victims.

“If anyone is aware of domestic violence taking place I encourage you to stand up, speak out and talk to people wherever possible. If you know someone who is experiencing domestic violence then please encourage them to seek help.”

Mayor Carbone said that it is also important to recognise that domestic violence can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.

“From age to cultural and language barriers, it can be difficult for some people to know who to turn to if they are experiencing domestic or family violence,” Mayor Carbone said.

“In Australia, one in four children is exposed to domestic violence. As a result they can experience emotional, psychological, social consequences.”

Council invites the community to attend the various public events and to share Council’s social media campaign online to raise awareness in their own circles.

Event details

White Ribbon Walk
In partnership with Cabramatta Police and others
Free event, open to public
24 November, 9.30am-Noon
Start at Cabravale Park in Cabramatta, finish at Freedom Plaza

Sydney Alofa Connect - information forum
In partnership with Samoa Victim Support Group Sydney Inc and others
Free event for Pacific Islander Community and Church leaders, please email by 17 November to RSVP
24 November, 6.30pm onwards
Sydney House of Praise, 10/76 Hume Highway, Lansvale

Bonnyrigg High School White Ribbon Day
In partnership with St George Community Housing and others
Closed event, Bonnyrigg High School students only
27 November, 10am-2pm
Bonnyrigg High School, 430 Elizabeth Dr, Bonnyrigg

Domestic and Family Violence: the Bigger Picture - conference
In partnership with CORE Community Services and others
29 November, 9am-4pm
Cabravale Diggers, Bartley Ave, Cabramatta

Fairfield White Ribbon Cup
In partnership with Youth Off The Streets and others
Closed event, participating schools only
1 December, 10am-2pm
Knight Park, Fairfield Rd, Yennora

White Ribbon Day BBQ
In partnership with Fairfield Police
Free event, open to public
5 December, 6am-9.30am
Fairfield Station Plaza, The Crescent, Fairfield

Respect Equals Love
In partnership with CORE Community Services and others
Free event for youth aged 16-24, please call Lauren on 9727 0477 to RSVP
6 December, 10am-1pm
Fairfield Youth and Community Centre, Vine St, Fairfield

Community Awareness Information Stall
In partnership with Immigrant Refugee Women’s Network and others
Free event, open to public
6 December, please call Julie Watton on 9728 4973 for information

Identifying Elder Abuse - workshop
In partnership with Fairfield Police and others
Free event, please call 9728 8407 or email to RSVP
7 December, 12.30pm-4pm
Fairfield RSL, 14 Anzac Ave, Fairfield

Family Harmony Day
In partnership with Khmer Community of NSW Inc and others
Free events for Khmer community, please call Sophea on 9823 3479 for information

Stand together to make changes in our Community – workshop series
In partnership with Nakango Vision Inc
Free event for Swahili-language community
Held between October and December, call Rev. Nava Malula on 9724 3585 for information