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Walking Against Family Violence

MacKillop Family Services staff


MacKillop Family Services recently took part in the Walk Against Family Violence. The event, which took place on Friday November 24, aims to raise awareness of family violence as well as its impact within the community.


MacKillop Family Services is strongly committed to addressing the impact of family violence in our community. Twenty staff from MacKillop Family Services walked in support with thousands of others at Federation Square and across the nation; including Sydney’s Randwick to Coogee Beach.


A sea of orange was seen as organisers handed out hats and t-shirts to highlight the events involvement in the broader campaign ‘16 Days of Activism’;  which is currently taking place across the globe with the slogan ‘Orange the World.


“Most of the walkers were women, however there was a good representation of men in the crowd and that was really positive to see,” said Anna Masci, Communication Manager at MacKillop Family Services.


“Family Violence is a gender issue. Violence does occur against men, however one in four Australian women experience family violence, and of these, half have children in their care.”


Rosie Batty


Also showing her support for the event was former Australian of the Year Rosie Batty who said “At this point, this isn’t about raising awareness, it’s about demanding change. And change starts with all of us.”


Teresa Smith, Manager of the MacKillop Family Services Safe Early Years program, coordinated the group’s involvement in the event; which included their very popular and equally colourful ‘Break the Silence on Violence’ banner.


MacKillop Family Services staff


MacKillop’s Safe Early Years program provides therapeutic interventions for young families recovering from family violence. A multidisciplinary team, including maternal and child health nurses, supports families to access the services they need. MacKillop is funded by the Victorian government to pilot the program in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) and Queen Elizabeth Centre throughout the Bayside, Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia regions.


Messages to: Anna Masci, MacKillop Family Services