Four park benches across the Shire have been installed in recognition of a global campaign to raise awareness about domestic and family violence against women and children this week.
The initiative to rollout the campaign across the four wards was brought to the Shire by the Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Region Domestic Violence Services Network Inc locally known as Koolkuna.
Ms Fitall wanted to start a conversation around domestic violence and how society can take steps to make a difference.
Ms Fitall said changing public perception of violence against women and children in particular, required a commitment from all levels of government and the community at large.
“With recent demonstrations that are protesting against sexual violence, harassment and gender inequality in the country, the placement of benches is timely,” she said.
“I would like to thank the Shire of Mundaring for installing the benches across their four wards to raise public awareness of violence against women and providing a physical place where conversations can be had in the community.”
Benches at Broz, Brown, Pioneer and Sculpture Parks have been installed this month, in association with the domestic and family violence awareness movement which started in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Shire President, John Daw, said the initiative had come at a poignant and topical time in society.
“Domestic violence against women and children is a big issue,” he said.
“These benches serve as a reminder and a conversation starter for park-goers about the effects on our society, and what we can do to break the cycle and progress as a society.”
The purple benches honour the victims of domestic and family violence, provide information on how to get help when experiencing domestic and family violence and give the community an opportunity to rest and reflect.
Cr Daw thanked Ms Fitall for raising awareness about the campaign.
“I encourage residents to use the benches as an opportunity to sit with their friends and have a discussion about this issue.”
There are currently 115 purple benches in Western Australia.
Koolkuna supports residents within the Shire of Mundaring and City of Swan.
If you need advice and support please phone Women’s DV helpline on 9223 1189 or free call 1800 007 339.