Family violence prevention plan launched

Plan for action: Kingston’s prevention of family violence action plan has been unveiled. Picture: Supplied

KINGSTON Council launched their prevention of family violence action plan on 27 March, aiming to put a stop to family violence within the community.

The launch was attended by Kingston’s woman of the year Emma Gierschick and representatives from groups working to stamp out family violence.

The plan, which was officially adopted by council in October of last year, outlines the goals of council as “increasing understanding of family violence and gender inequality as an underlying cause, challenging behaviours and attitudes that support violence, sexism and discrimination, promoting and normalising gender equality in public and private, and developing Kingston infrastructure, community spaces and activities that are safe, welcoming and inclusive.”

The plan says that council will do a number of things to help them reach those goals, including to “advocate for policy, legislative and institutional reform to support gender equality and family violence prevention, align with national, state and local organisations and alliances that undertake a diverse range of advocacy and activism to promote gender equality and family violence prevention, deliver primary prevention family violence initiatives through regional partnerships including promoting state awareness raising campaigns, celebrate and undertake local promotion of relevant national and international events that support family violence prevention, and inform the community about council’s family violence prevention strategies and activities.”

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 3 April 2019

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