Barbecue to Break the Silence Around Violence

Published on 14 November 2017

Baw Baw Shire Council in partnership with the Rotary Club of Warragul, Quantum Support Services and the local Police will provide a free community barbecue to support and help raise awareness for White Ribbon Australia’s work to end violence against women.

The barbecue will be held on Friday 24 November between 12.00pm and 1.00pm in Warragul’s Civic Park, ahead the official White Ribbon Day on Saturday 25 November.

Council and our partners are hosting this event as part of our community’s commitment to preventing violence against women and building a healthier future.

Members of the “Our Watch Our Issue” working group consist of Council, Gippsland Women’s Health, Victoria Police, GippSport, Quantum Support Services, The Gazette, Warragul Community House, Nilma Primary School, Wakefield, Vogrig and Boote, West Gippsland Library, Olivia's Place, Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault, and Lardner Park Events.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said reducing and preventing violence against women will take a whole community approach.

“We are inviting the community and organisational leaders to come to this barbecue and stand together, showing solidarity as a community that is working towards ending this form of violence”, said the Mayor.

“Come to the event, and bring a colleague or friend. Ask your senior staff or community leaders to come along. Your leadership will motivate others to take action. People need to know that they can make a difference.

“Devastatingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia because of intimate partner violence. The origin of violence against women is in the way we think and talk about women. We all have the power to change this. We all have the power to call out poor behaviour in our workplaces, schools, community places and homes.

“White Ribbon Day is one of a number of anti-violence campaigns. It highlights the gender disparity that exists in the family violence statistics. It helps us understand that females in our current society face greater risks of experiencing family violence, and encourages us to find out more about why this is so.  

“We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault. Help is always available and if you see something you should definitely say something.”

This initiative aligns with the draft Baw Baw Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, which includes strategies to prevent violence and injury.

Those who wish to further support the critical work of White Ribbon Australia can also make a tax-deductible donation at White Ribbon Australia.

Council urges anyone experiencing violence or that suspects someone else who may be experiencing violence to contact 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000.