Health Services Advocate For White Ribbon Night

Photo from Left: Gerry Leonard, Neil O'Donnell & John Bell
Thursday, 28 July 2016
Local health services are joining forces to promote the White Ribbon campaign to advocate for an end to violence against women.

Portland District Health, Western District Health Service, Glenelg Shire Council, Heywood Rural Health and Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service will be adding their voice to the White Ribbon Night community awareness campaign that encourages men to speak out and act to stop violence against women.

Portland District Health community health counsellor and coordinator of the Portland Men's Shed, Gerry Leonard, said it was important that health services advocate for such an important issue.

We want to do our bit to promote respectful relationships and eliminate all violence against women, Mr Leonard said.

Dhauwurd Wurrung Elderly and Community Health Service CEO John Bell said he hoped the White Ribbon campaign would address the underlying issues of family violence, particularly as it impacts on the Koorie community.

We want people to be aware of the dynamics that can lead to family violence so we can eliminate it, Mr Bell said.

Western District Health Service Business Improvement Manager Neil O'Donnell said it was important for community leaders to become good role models and advocate to stop violence against women.

We need to look at the triggers that may lead to violence and then try to prevent them from happening, Mr O'Donnell said. Ultimately we want to reduce these stresses and help men to cope without ever resorting to violence.

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