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15 May 2019
In support of Domestic Violence Prevention Month, the City of Kwinana in partnership with the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA), has today (Wednesday, 15 May 2019) unveiled it purple bench, located at the entrance of the Kwinana Recquatic Centre.
The Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) has launched a series of purple benches in public spaces all around the State to honour all victims killed as a result of Domestic and Family Violence.
Mayor Carol Adams said the financial and social cost of domestic violence was substantial and highlighted the importance of initiatives such as this to raise awareness and provide support to communities.
"Tragically, Western Australia has seen an increase in domestic violence over the past decade with WA being identified in the 2018 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report as having the nation's highest family and domestic violence rates in the country."
"We hope this bench will be a visual reminder of the prevalence of Family and Domestic Violence and that it may also offer a place of quiet reflection for those who have been impacted, directly or indirectly, by Domestic Violence," she said.
Lucy Saw Centre Executive Officer and Women's Council Chair for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA), Anne Moore said the Purple Bench project was a symbol of hope.
"By actively taking part in the Purple Bench project this community is saying no to Violence," Ms. Moore said.
The purple bench will be permanently located at the entrance of the Kwinana Recquatic. If you or someone you know needs help please contact the Women's Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339 or Men's Domestic Violence helpline on 1800 000 599.