Mcauley Community Services For Women (24.2.2015)

Written on the 24 February 2015

Members Statements 

 

Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan)

When Joce Bignold, the CEO from McAuley Community Services for Women, went on radio eight months ago to speak about what men could do to stop other men from being violent, it hit a chord with a young man who heard the interview.

Michael Jones was that man.

He wanted to do what he could to raise awareness amongst men of his age, so he got some his mates together and they formed the Fed Up Lunch.

On Saturday, in my capacity as shadow Minister for Families and Children, I had the pleasure of attending the Fed Up Lunch at Flemington along with around 180 other guests, including Mr Dalidakis.

It was a terrific event that not only created further awareness of the issue of family violence within our community but it also raised funds for McAuley Community Services for Women.

McAuley provides practical services for women and children affected by family violence.

It operates the only safe house in Victoria.

It provides refuges for women and children who are escaping from family violence and has jobs programs for those women who want to return to the workforce or access training.

I acknowledge Michael Jones for taking the initiative, working with a group of five or so of his friends and getting this great event to fruition.

With attention in recent days being focused on the Royal Commission into Family Violence, it is organisations such as McAuley that provide the practical programs for women and children who may be subject to family violence today.

I congratulate Joce Bignold and her team at McAuley on the ongoing work they are doing in providing support and assistance to the many women and children affected by family violence.


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