Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Commemorating victims of domestic homicide

    25/11/2016 10:30 AM
     
    • 26th Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March
    • November 25 is White Ribbon Day, an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
    • 16 days of activism against gender-based violence begins

    Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell will lead a silent march through the city today to commemorate victims of domestic homicide.

     

    "The Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March honours those who have lost their lives in the past 12 months from one of society's most senseless crimes," Ms Mitchell said.

     

    "One death is too many, and unacceptably, 19 people have been killed in Western Australia since last year's march.

     

    "As a community, we must not accept violence in any form, and I acknowledge all the events happening across the State, which show a united voice in campaigning for social change."

     

    The Minister said the State Government was committed to addressing the high incidence of family and domestic violence across the State and supported the recently launched Third Action Plan (2016-2019) of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

     

    "In Western Australia, a range of initiatives continue to be progressed and strengthened, including the emergency response service operating across women's refuges in the metropolitan area for women and children at extreme risk of harm," she said.

     

    This unique service was developed last year following the Coroner's inquest into the death of Andrea Pickett.

     

    Curtin University's early evaluation results of the service show women and children, who had previously struggled to access women's refuges, are now being provided with safe and supported accommodation when they need it.

     

    "While new initiatives are being implemented, changing attitudes takes time, and by working together we can all play a role in making our communities safe and free from violence," Ms Mitchell said.

     

    Fact File

    • The Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March is organised by the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services, with support from the Department for Child Protection and Family Support
    • Since last year's event, 8 women, 7 men, 2 children and 2 babies lost their lives to domestic homicide
    • Support is available for victims of violence from the 24-hour Women's Domestic Violence Helpline freecall 1800 007 339 or Men's Domestic Violence Helpline freecall 1800 000 599

    Minister's office - 6552 5400

     

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