White Ribbon Baseline Survey Released
3 April 2017
AN important milestone has been reached this month with Inverell’s pilot White Ribbon Community project. With an aim to prevent domestic and family violence, the project has released a community-wide survey and is needs your help to complete it.
The White Ribbon Community project is building a framework that Inverell and other communities can use to demonstrate their commitment to respect for women and equality.
Inverell Shire Council mayor Paul Harmon says Council is asking residents to participate in this survey to better understand community attitudes about violence against women.
“We know that the rate of domestic and family violence in Inverell is too high, but physical violence is only one form of violence”.
“This survey will hopefully challenge what people think violence is – because it’s much more than just physical. In order to demonstrate that we, as a community, don’t tolerate violence we have to change our view of what’s normal”.
“Survey results will provide the project team with a road map of what and where we need to concentrate our efforts”.
“The milestone marks the project’s transition from the planning stage to the doing stage which is really exciting but for it to be successful we need everyone’s input”
Cr Harmon also added the project will soon launch a Facebook page to keep the community updated about what’s happening in the project.
Susan Heyman, Hunter-New England Health said the survey is something that’s never been done before.
“It is really important to the project to receive feedback that represents the whole community. We encourage those members of the community who would like to provide their anonymous views on domestic violence to take part in the survey, no matter who you are or where you come from”.
In around 12 months’ time the project team will conduct a follow up survey to measure how far the community has come in working towards stamping out domestic and family violence.
The survey is available until 30 April at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WRCommunityPilot. Council has also provided free internet kiosks at Inverell Library, Linking Together Centre and Council’s Administration Centre in Otho Street. Hard copies are also available at the Library and Administration Centre.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au for information and support.
For further information contact:
Hunter New England Health – Strategic Relations and Communication: 02 4985 5522