Council calls for respect

By Tate Papworth

Brimbank council is increasing its efforts to prevent violence against women.

The council tabled a draft fairness, equality and respect strategy at its October meeting, which aims to promote gender equality, prevent family violence and all forms of violence against women.

Mayor Margaret Giudice said the strategy aims to include the entire community.

“Preventing violence is not just the work of police, the three tiers of government or a social service. Every single member of each and every community in Australia has a responsibility to promote gender equality, prevent family violence and violence against women,” Cr Giudice said. “We want to hear from community members about the vision and priority areas outlined in the draft strategy.

“We also want to hear more about any strategies and initiatives you believe will help increase the safety of families and women in Brimbank.”

The strategy will be continually evaluated to ensure best possible practices continue throughout its life cycle.

“Once the strategy is adopted, following community and stakeholder feedback, we will continually evaluate our progress in this area and will develop an annual implementation plan to address priorities identified in the strategy,” Cr Giudice said.

Public feedback on the draft strategy is open until November 15.