Lifeline presents domestic violence awareness session
A free domestic violence awareness session will be presented at the Peninsula Community Centre on March 14 by Lifeline.
The government-sponsored "DV-alert" session will be a two-hour interactive presentation offered to the public at no charge.
The session will give members of the community the opportunity to talk about the issue of domestic violence, according to community centre operator Coast Community Connections.
The organisation's chief executive, Ms Theresa Mason, said that this presentation is an important opportunity for people of the Peninsula community to talk about the issue of domestic violence and discuss what support is available.
"Domestic violence is an important issue in our community that needs to be seriously addressed," said Ms Mason.
"After a devastating loss as a result of domestic violence here on the Peninsula last year, the need for change is more urgent than ever.
"Community members must be brave, speaking out and learning about the signs and forms of domestic violence," she continued.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported last year that around one in six women in Australia have experienced physical violence by a partner, with one in 17 men reporting similar incidents.
"If we work together to raise awareness and stand up for victims of domestic violence, we can continue to lower the rate of incidents in our community towards zero.
"This free session will educate attendees on recognising signs of domestic violence and will be an invaluable source of knowledge for Peninsula residents," concluded Ms Mason.
Spaces are limited and should be reserved through the community centre, with preference being given to locals.
Media release, Feb 26
Theresa Mason, Coast Community Connections