The Far West Local Health District will be raising awareness of family and domestic violence on White Ribbon Day (Friday, 24 November).
Family and domestic violence (FDV) affects every community in the Far West Local Health District and statistics show that more than one in four women will experience violence at the hands of a partner or ex-partner within her lifetime, said Ms Sherree Ferrall, Manager Integrated Violence Prevention Response Services, Far West LHD.
“More than one woman a week in Australia will lose her life because of intimate partner violence,” she said.
Ms Ferrall said FDV is much more than physical violence.
“FDV is any behaviour that is violent, coercive, controlling or threatening and is designed to make a person live in fear. This can include physical, verbal and sexual assault, financial abuse, stalking (including cyber), psychological abuse, damage to property and threats to harm pets,” she said.
“Domestic violence is the leading reason for reports to the NSW Child Protection Helpline and has a long term effect on children.”
The Integrated Violence Prevention Response Service (IVPRS) will be participating in this year’s White Ribbon Day by hosting a free barbecue in the BH Hospital foyer on Friday, 24 November 2017 at mid-day. The IVPRS team will be distributing health promotion materials and white ribbons on the day.
For more information about White Ribbon Day please visit www.whiteribbon.org.au
If you require information or assistance call these numbers:
- 08 8080 1554 (Primary Mental Health Service).
- 08 8080 1333 (BH Hospital Switch).
- 1800 823 040 (24/7 On-call Sexual Assault Service).