In Australia and around the world, women and children continue to suffer abuse from male family members and partners.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that 1 in 6 Australian women have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by their partner.
In this community, the local rate of family violence is 50 percent higher than the Victorian average.
Despite seismic cultural shifts, women and children are still vulnerable to family violence.
That’s not okay.
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service is proud to be part of a coalition of local organisations committed to ending violence against women and girls that are behind Walk To Change The Story 2019 in Bairnsdale on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Spearheaded by Gippsland Lakes Community Health, the first ever Walk To Change The Story event in Bairnsdale last year was a groundbreaking moment for community members to come together and show mass support for this important message.
It was also a unique opportunity to enable young people in East Gippsland to express and share their feelings, experiences and concerns about family violence.
We believe that family violence is a critical health issue, and it’s vital we all work together to educate the community about the key role that gender inequality plays in causing family violence and all forms of violence against women.
Walk to Change the Story 2019 on November 27 will start and finish at Bairnsdale Primary School #754, and will feature guest speakers and local organisations, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals to showcasing what they are doing to help prevent violence against women and children.
For more information keep an eye on the Walk To Change The Story facebook page, or contact Paula Webb, BRHS’ Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Project Manager, on 5150 3680.