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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 14:30

Southern Grampians Takes A Stand

Southern Grampians Shire has become the first employer to sign onto a new workplace program aimed at preventing violence against women. The Council has joined the Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence program, which involves all employees going through a structured training program.

The training attempts to change attitudes and behaviours that sustain violence against women.

The announcement was made at the shire's White Ribbon Day event at Hamilton's Melville Oval yesterday.

Women's Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West executive officer Emily Lee-Ack said she was thrilled Southern Grampians Shire had chosen to be a leader in social and corporate responsibility.

"The shire has recognised the role it can play in building a respectful and equitable culture," she said.

"The Take a Stand program shows commitment from all levels of an organisation, along with a vision that we all have a part to play in creating a community and world where women are valued, respected and live free from violence.

"We salute the Southern Grampians Shire Council for being the first organisation in our region to commit to the program and be a leader towards much needed social change."

Shire chief executive officer Richard Perry said the council was proud to be the first in the region to commit to the program.

"We recognise the value this program will bring to our workplace and are pleased to be increasing awareness of the issue among our staff and providing education and support," Mr Perry said.

"We all have a role to play in preventing violence against women and hopefully our participation in this program will send a clear message about our commitment to lasting change."

According to a VicHealth 2004 survey, domestic violence was the leading contributor to death, disability and illness for Victorian women aged 15-44 and costs employers an estimated $175.2 million each year through reduced productivity, absenteeism, staff turnover and poor morale.

- From Warrnambool Standard


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