Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Tackling domestic violence in Geraldton

    28/09/2017 1:00 PM
    • Family and Domestic Violence Action Plan announced for Geraldton
    • 234 domestic violence incidents each month in the Midwest-Gascoyne
    • Former Sydney Swans AFL player Luke Ablett in attendance as ambassador 

    An action plan for the prevention of family and domestic violence in Geraldton has been officially launched.


    The Community, Respect and Equality strategic action plan for family violence prevention in Geraldton seeks to address family and domestic violence in the city and surrounding areas, with a focus on primary prevention.


    The action plan is the result of extensive stakeholder consultations carried out between September 2016 and July 2017, including one-on-one meetings, presentations and workshops with government agencies, service providers and community members.    


    The action plan was launched at today's Community, Respect and Equality - Primary Prevention of Family Violence Summit, held in Geraldton. It was developed by Desert Blue Connect, a partnership between Mid-West based service providers, the Women's Health Resource Centre and Chrysalis Support Services.


    Among the speakers was former Sydney Swans AFL player and domestic violence prevention campaigner, Luke Ablett.


    The action plan calls upon the community to call-out violence against women and promote positive personal identities, equal and respectful relationships between boys and girls, and gender equality in public and family life.


    The McGowan Government recently introduced a raft of measures in the 2017-18 State Budget to reduce the unacceptable levels of family and domestic violence in the community, and provide extra services to support victims.


    Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk:


    "Sadly, Geraldton and surrounding communities have high rates of family and domestic violence incidents.


    "Each month, the Midwest-Gascoyne Police Family and Domestic Violence Response Team attend an average of 234 family violence incidents.


    "There were 2,819 incidents in the 2016-17 financial year, which is a terrible statistic.


    "The Community, Respect and Equality project is innovative in both its collaborative approach and its use of the Change the Story framework which involves a whole of community approach.


    "Creating change requires this sort of approach to address the underlying causes of family and domestic violence.


    "One of the positive things that really impressed me about this summit was that I saw a community taking the lead in the prevention of family and domestic violence at the local level, and looking for local solutions.


    "A community can find enormous strength when it's needed and this is a good example."


    Minister's office - 6552 6600