The Break O’Day Council will put a proposed domestic, family and sexual violence strategy to further discussion after its August meeting on Monday.
In a submission supporting the motion, Cr Drummond said despite Break O’Day’s standing as a rural-based council with limited resources, she believed the council should still be actively supporting working towards eliminating domestic violence in its municipality.
“This motion in no way suggests that Break O’Day has any greater incidence of domestic/family and sexual violence than anywhere else, it does however, suggest that we can be in the forefront of address interpersonal violence within our community,” Cr Drummond’s statement said.
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The motion was amended and passed unanimously by council to consider developing the strategy.
Break O’Day mayor Mick Tucker said “councillors were unanimous in their decision to investigate the development of a domestic/family and sexual violence strategy, however we wanted to make sure whatever action we take in this space is meaningful to our community.”
“That is why we voted to have a report developed and discussed in workshop so that we could examine in detail all the service options currently in place as well as identify partnerships within the community and any other factors that would need to be considered,” he said.
“We are all in agreement that domestic violence is abhorrent and we want to make sure we are not just giving this serious issue lip-service, we want there to be real meaning and intent behind what we do.”
In a statement, the Launceston White Ribbon committee commended the progressive actions taken by Tasmanian councils on the issue, and encouraged all councils to follow the lead.
“We need all levels of government to formally commit to giving the necessary resources, both financial and human,” the statement read.
“Not only to support the victims of violence, but to work to eliminate societal inequalities that cause and exacerbate this problem.
“Now we need action to change attitudes and community responses to unacceptable behaviour which results in violence.”
Now we need action to change attitudes and community responses to unacceptable behaviour which results in violence.
Launceston White Ribbon Committee
Brisbane City Council was the first council to introduce a strategy of this kind. The council has since taken various actions to combat domestic, family and sexual violence.
This includes investing in community education and support programs, and working with authorities to take a networked approach to tackling the issues.
Council officers will draft a report for Break O’Day councillors to discuss.