BREAK THE SILENCE: Coorong Mayor Neville Jaensch makes a pledge on behalf of the Coorong District Council to speak up about domestic violence and say no. Photo: Supplied.Domestic violence is not just a police issue, we must all be involved to stamp out the horrific impactof this epidemic.
This is the dominant message coming from Murraylands councils involved in this years home safe home campaign.
Mid Murray Council Chief Executive Officer Russell Peate saiddomestic violence was a major issue for society, and that it was society who must fight to stop it.
“As a council, we must show leadership for our community to say no to domestic violence together,” he said.
Mr Peate said Council placed domestic violence at the forefront of their agenda.
“We facilitate existing support groups across the region, provide information for our community and attenddomestic violence functions,” he said.
He felt domestic violence was a total community issue.
“We all need to be involved in education, particularly in young males to say that violence is not acceptable and never an option,” he said.
As a large, complex problem, Mr Peate believed the impactofdomestic violence go beyond the individual directly involved.
“It can have a significant impact of the victim, but also their family, work place and community,” he said.
Murray Bridge Council Chief Executive Officer Michael Sedgman said violence was never acceptable.
“Building awareness encourages the community and particularly mento make it clear that domestic violence in any form is not acceptable in our society,” he said.
Coorong District Council Mayor Neville Jaensch said domestic violence was the cancer of the community.
He explaineda unique approach to breaking thecycle.
“There should be an open discussion to give victims the respect and care they need, but perpetrators should also receive help.” he said.
“If they come forward, we should offer our respect to help break the violent cycle.”
He believed the cycle begins at a very young age.
“Many kids witness violence young and then becomeperpetrators,they must be taught violence is not normal,” he said.
“Stand up for what is right for society; do not allow your silence to validate violence.”
To pledge support,write your promise on a ‘say no to domestic violence’ poster, take a photo and upload it with the hashtag #homesafehome.Neville JaenschThis story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.