Family violence requires community to take a stand
01 December 2015
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is urging Euroa residents to take a stand against domestic violence.
In Parliament last week Ms Ryan joined other MPs in speaking out about family violence as Parliament paused to hear from survivors and first responders.
Ms Ryan recognised the outstanding work of local emergency service and support workers in dealing with family violence but said the responsibility did not just sit with them.
"The responsibility to tackle family violence lies with all of us," Ms Ryan said.
"One in three women experience family violence. This is an issue affecting every corner of our community.
"As a community we must reinforce the message around our sporting clubs, community groups and in our own homes that gender inequality, inappropriate jobs and sexist comments are not ok.
"They are, in fact, part of a continuum that leads to bruises, broken bones and sometimes death."
Ms Ryan said the statistics for regional Victoria showed that those living in regional areas were more likely to experience family violence than those living in Melbourne.
"The four local government areas in Victoria with the highest rates of family violence are in regional areas," Ms Ryan said.
"In 2013-14, 1526 calls to police per 100,000 people were in regional Victoria.
"In Mitchell Shire the rate of incidents per 100,000 people in 2013-14 was 1680.7 and in Strathbogie there were 690.3 incidents per 100,000 people.
"The focus that Malcolm Turnbull has put on family violence at a national level, and the bi-partisan work occurring at a state level to bring attention to the vast number of people affected by family violence is good but government can only do so much.
An effective solution needs to involve the whole community."