Cleveland's red bench is a reminder of domestic violence

REMINDER: Red Rose Foundation chief executive Betty Taylor and Redland mayor Karen Williams on the red bench outside the Cleveland library. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough
REMINDER: Red Rose Foundation chief executive Betty Taylor and Redland mayor Karen Williams on the red bench outside the Cleveland library. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

RED Rose Foundation chief executive officer Betty Taylor hopes that red benches will become a reminder that domestic violence occurs in all communities across Australia.

The foundation's Red Bench Project has been launched during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month with a red bench outside the Cleveland library.

The bench has a plaque with the words "Change the ending".

Ms Taylor said the project had 10 red benches confirmed for installation by local governments and organisations.

She look forward to more support.

"The more red benches the better," she said.

"There is not a community in Australia not affected by this scourge."

LAUNCH: Crs Lance Hewlett, Peter Mitchell and Tracey Huges, Sergeant Steve Madeo, Red Rose Foundation chief executive Betty Taylor and Crs Karen Williams and Wendy Boglary at the launch. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

LAUNCH: Crs Lance Hewlett, Peter Mitchell and Tracey Huges, Sergeant Steve Madeo, Red Rose Foundation chief executive Betty Taylor and Crs Karen Williams and Wendy Boglary at the launch. Photo: Cheryl Goodenough

Mayor Karen Williams said she hoped the simple red bench in one of Cleveland's busiest community areas would remind those who saw it that domestic and family violence and abuse were unacceptable.

"The truth is that the need to stand up and do something about family and domestic violence - and support those affected by it - has never been greater," Cr Williams said.

"Domestic and family violence thrives on anonymity and secrecy which is why a very public reminder such as this bench is so important in ensuring we all remember the victims and their pain and anguish are real and that we all can do something to help."

Australia's CEO Challenge chief executive officer Jacque Lachmund said she had been working with Redland City Council for 18 months to provide managers with skills to recognise people who may be affected by domestic violence, know how to respond and referral services available.

The city's annual Diner en Rouge fundraiser for domestic violence services will be held on Saturday.

The event is held at a secret location.

Tickets are available from the Redland Performing Arts Centre box office at rpac.com.au or by calling 3829 8131. Tickets are $175 each or $1700 for 10.