White Ribbon Day (29.11.2017)
Written on the 29 November 2017
29 November 2017
(LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
I was very pleased to be able to attend last Friday morning a White Ribbon Day breakfast at Government House hosted by the Governor, the Honourable Linda Dessau.
President, you were in attendance with me, and I think you would agree that the Governor's speech and her experience of having worked in the Family Court gave great insight in understanding both the obvious and hidden impacts of family violence and the ongoing effects on all involved. It was a wonderful event, and it is a pity that no government MPs were in attendance to hear the Governor's address and support the White Ribbon breakfast.
It was pleasing that so many people from a range of different organisations, such as Domestic Violence Victoria, Lifeline and Our Watch were in attendance, along with advocates of White Ribbon, all of which provide support to those in need and have been working to highlight the extremely detrimental effects that family violence can have on an individual, a family and a community.
I am pleased to say that this issue is being addressed at all levels of government from the Prime Minister down, and there has been much improvement in the community's awareness of family violence. I attribute much of that awareness to the ongoing work of people such as Rosie Batty and Kristy McKellar here in Victoria, other victims and their family members who have bravely spoken out but also those people who are dealing with the consequences of family violence on the front line, including the police, doctors, nurses, people in refuges and all of those who work with the various agencies.In saying that, it is not only far too many women and children who are victims but also, sadly, men. So as this state and other jurisdictions work toward eliminating family violence, let all of us continue to work to reduce the terrible statistics as those statistics are Victorians in every part of our community.