The Greens are hosting a community meeting on ending family violence called Seize The Opportunity For Change this Thursday. Family violence is a serious issue in the community, highlighted by overwhelming statistics from White Ribbon Australia including:
- On average, one woman is killed every week due to intimate partner violence.
- Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children.
- One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence against them from someone they know.
- One in four children are exposed to domestic violence.
Attendees of the community meeting will have the opportunity to hear Rosie Batty’s story. Batty is a strong advocate and campaigner for women and children affected by family violence since her son was murdered by his father in February this year. Other notable speakers include Dr Chris Atmore, a Senior Policy Adviser at the Federation of Community Legal Centres and Rodney Vlais, Acting CEO of No to Violence Family Violence Prevention Association and the Men’s Referral Service. Together with Kathleen Maltzahn, the Greens candidate for the state seat of Richmond, they will outline a vision of tackling men’s violence against women and children in Victoria for the State Election and beyond.
Seize The Opportunity For Change is on Thursday 4th September from 7-10pm at the Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond.