Council takes White Ribbon on the road
In the lead up to White Ribbon Day on 25 November, Bass Coast Shire Council is using its cars and trucks as mobile billboards to raise awareness of Men’s Violence Against Women and the impact on the community.
In May 2015, Council registered to become a White Ribbon Workplace through the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program.
Over the last year, all employees have undertaken training and education on the issue of Men’s Violence Against Women and gender equality.
Council is displaying these four messages on all Council cars and trucks during November:
- Bass Coast says no to violence
- End Violence Against Women
- There’s no excuse for abuse
- Domestic violence is NOT OK
Council’s General Manager Healthy Communities and Governance, David Elder, who is also a White Ribbon Ambassador, said Council has focussed on activities and awareness around the prevention of men’s violence against women as for Victorian women aged 15 to 44 years, intimate partner violence is the leading cause of illness, death and disability (VicHealth 2011).
“This is a greater contributor to the burden of disease than physical inactivity, unhealthy body weight, drug and alcohol related harm and tobacco use,” Mr Elder said.
“It is concerning that the recorded incidents of family violence in Bass Coast are higher than the State average and are increasing annually.”
Actions to prevent and raise awareness of family violence are also outlined in the Bass Coast Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan.
There will be opportunities for the Bass Coast community, businesses and schools to participate in White Ribbon Day events on 25 November 2016. Keep an eye on Council’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BassCoastShire for more details.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault or family violence, call 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732, or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.