Community help needed to complete ‘White Ribbon Community’ survey
23 March 2018
An important milestone has been reached this month with Inverell’s pilot White Ribbon Community project. The project, which has been running for about a year, aims to prevent domestic and family violence, has released a community-wide survey and now needs residents to complete it.
Mayor of Inverell Shire Council, Paul Harmon is calling on residents to participate in this survey so we can see how much our community’s understanding of violence against women and gender equality has improved and how domestic and family violence can be prevented.
“For too long the rate of domestic and family violence in Inverell has been too high. While reported rates of domestic violence to the NSW Police have reduced in the last few years, physical violence is only one form of violence. This survey helps people understand that”.
Liam Dooley, Executive Manager for Community Development with White Ribbon Australia says “the community survey is really a really important part of the project. When we conducted the first survey in April last year; its purpose was to help up understand what the community thinks violence and gender inequality is, providing the project team with insight into where to concentrate effort on. This time around; the purpose of the survey is to tell us how effective we’ve been in challenging what people think ‘normal’ is”.
Susan Heyman, Executive Director, Rural and Regional Health Services with Hunter New England Health and Chair of the New England Violence Prevention Initiative, said the survey is something that’s never been done before in a community.
“We got a great response from the community with almost 200 residents participating in the first survey. We’d love those individuals and more to participate again. It’s a great opportunity for Inverell residents to provide their view on domestic and family violence anonymously. We encourage every member of the community to get involved. Importantly, however, you don’t need to have completed the survey last year to participate this year”.
The survey is available online via the button below or from the link on the project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InverellsWhiteRibbonCommunity/
Community members can access the survey by clicking from a mobile, tablet or computer. Alternatively, residents can use computer kiosks located in the Inverell Library, Linking Together Centre or in the foyer of council administration building. For residents that prefer pen and paper, a limited number of paper copies have been printed and are also available from the Library and Council administration building. The survey will be open until the end of April 2018.
“We’ve done a lot over the last year tackling domestic and family violence in our Community. Our marches have been well-attended, all our local schools have got behind the initiative and done some amazing things raising awareness and empowering kids to have respectful relationships. Even the Business Chamber has been talking about what the businesses can do. But the work doesn’t stop. To end violence against women and domestic and family violence in our community we need everyone’s input”, says Paul Harmon.
To receive a copy of the survey or be actively involved in the project, residents can contact Council on (02) 6728 8288.
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.
Hunter New England Health – Strategic Relations and Communication, phone 02 4985 5522
White Ribbon Australia – Irina Kamychnikova, Primary Communication, phone 0426 221 550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inverell Shire Council – Stephen Golding, phone 02 6728 8288