Redlands in national push on domestic violence

Mayor Karen Williams.

Mayor Karen Williams.

REDLAND mayor Karen Williams has pushed for the fight against domestic violence to be pushed out into business and sporting organisations at a meeting in Canberra.

She attended the inaugural Local Government Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Project Reference Committee meeting, saying she was determined that the national initiative deliver substantial outcomes.

“One of the first projects off the rank is the development of a toolkit with tools and resources for business, sporting organisations and community groups to promote and assist with action against violence,” Cr Williams said.

“I hope to be able to draw on our previous work here at council and my own knowledge of best practice and current research to be able to provide insights and strategic advice to assist in shaping the toolkit, as well as in reviewing and endorsing the final toolkit content.

“Once the toolkit is developed the committee plans to roll it out to nominated local government areas for a trial implementation between February and December 2018 and I am eager for council to submit an application to take part in this trial.

“Our demonstrated commitment and grass-roots action to tackling domestic violence makes us well placed to be selected as a trial site and as a community it is our joint responsibility that domestic and family violence does not go unchallenged.

“Council’s third Diner en Rouge event in May (2017), in support of families affected by domestic violence, brought the total Diner en Rouge funds raised to $220,000.

“Last month council became the first organisation and council to sign up as a Star Partner of Australia’s CEO Challenge’s new business campaign Challenge Zero to build awareness of domestic and family violence and better ensure the safety and well-being of our staff.

“Last year we also became one of the first councils to introduce domestic and family violence leave to our staff.

“Redland City Council is a responsive workplace and we want to be a part of a whole of community solution in tackling domestic violence and driving social change,” she said.

The next committee meeting is scheduled for September in which members will be able to provide input into an outline of the toolkit.

Members will also be provided with the opportunity to provide advice and feedback on the project’s direction.

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