THE level of domestic violence in Wodonga is “alarming” but “sadly” not a surprise to everyone, a city councillor believes.
Eric Kerr was commenting as Wodonga Council this week adopted its own charter for the prevention of violence against women.
Taking a stand: Wodonga councillor Mark Byatt says the city is showing leadership by adopting a charter for the prevention of violence against women.
It states the council’s commitment to protect and advancewomen’s rights to be “safe, respected, valued” and “to participate equally and equitably in all spheres of life”.
“The fact that Wodonga experiences a rate of domestic violence in the top ten per cent of the state is alarming,” Cr Kerr said.
“However (it is) sadly probably not a surprise to some in our community, particularly those who work in sectors dealing with this on an ongoing basis, the police force, medical profession, family services, schools and countless others.
“There is a hidden element to the problem and this is an attempt to shine a light on that now.”
Cr Mark Byatt, a White Ribbon ambassador, said the charter was “asignificant step forward in leadership”.
“This blight within our community is preventable and local government has a key role to play,” Cr Byatt said.
“I commend this charter for prevention of violence against women and hope it serves as a reminder to future councils to end this inequity and this behaviour.”
Cr David Thurley said Albury Council would be open to a similar charter.
“(Albury councillor) Kevin Mack has been a long-term advocate, he’s been a policeman himself, and he’s been a long-term champion,” Cr Thurley said.
“If you go into the Albury City building you’ll find on the backs of doors of toilets and up on noticeboards a whole charter of what it means and how to act towards a woman properly.”
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