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Violence against women awareness walk


By Meg Kennedy

Australian women are nearly three times more likely than men, to experience violence from an intimate partner.
In an aim to bring awareness to violence against women, Djerriwarrh Health Services will again be running the ‘Walk with Her’ event this month.
A joint initiative between Djerriwarrh Health Services and a group of local women called ‘Women Making it Happen’, aims to help drive action towards achieving gender equality and the prevention of violence against women.
The ‘Walk with Her’ event has been running for the past three years, but the event will make its way to Bacchus Marsh for the first time this year.
This year also marks the first year the event will be part of the 16-Days of Activism against gender-based violence, as it falls on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
Event organiser Bernadette Duffy said the walk is named as such, “because we need the whole community to walk alongside women in this journey.”
“Gender equality and preventing violence against women is everyone’s responsibility,” she said.
‘Walk with Her’ will be held at Maddingley Park on Sunday November 25. Free activities on the day include a female cricket exhibition match, BBQ, music and arts activities.
For more information on the event, contact Bern on 8746 1508.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, May 2018. Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia 2018.