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Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall says Queanbeyan City Council has opted to show leadership in the campaign against domestic violence.
Mayor Overall said the concerning situation locally had been highlighted in a report to Council last night, which showed police had recorded 498 domestic violence assaults in the Monaro Local Area Command in the last year.
Council will host a White Ribbon event in partnership with the NSW Police on 25 November – at the event local school students and community leaders will explore how to identify and respond to family violence and consider what healthy relationships look like.
Mayor Overall said “this is a primary prevention approach that seeks to change the attitudes of young boys and girls and promote respectful and non-violent relationships.”
Mayor Overall said the country had watched in horror this year at the tragedies unfolding nationally and close to home.
Councillors last night voted to give a $5000 grant to the White Ribbon Day event in Queanbeyan. The White Ribbon campaign is a national campaign that aims to increase awareness of the devastating impact family violence has and aims to promote respectful, safe relationships.
This project will be carried through into next year through a community art project involving survivors and children affected by family violence that will culminate in an exhibition of work at The Q.