Community First Step Says No To Domestic Violence

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27th November 2009, 02:12pm - Views: 925
Community First Step Says NO to Domestic Violence

Community First Step (CFS), one of the largest independent, not-for-profit community organisations serving South West Sydney, is joining in with the Fairfield community to raise awareness about domestic violence as part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.

Fairfield City Council in partnership with the Fairfield Domestic Violence Committee, Fairfield and Cabramatta Police Local Area Commands and numerous local community organisations will deliver a range of activities and events in Fairfield from November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women to December 10, International Human Rights Day.

CFS has been an active member of the Fairfield Domestic Violence Committee, a network of government and non-government organisations that provide services to women, children or families experiencing domestic violence, for a number of years.

CFS has also been involved in supporting women seeking Apprehended Violence Orders at local courts and will join Fairfield Police as they march to raise awareness of the short and long term affect of domestic violence on the community on December 4.

Violence against women, behaviour that is used to control and intimidate including domestic violence, continues to be a significant women's and children's health and human rights issue in Australia, occurring across all social classes, races and cultures. Locally, Fairfield Police attend an average of 160 incidents of domestic violence every month.

"CFS is proud to be a part of highlighting this important issue affecting women, their families and the community, as well as strengthening local work around violence against women and being involved in working towards new strategies to combat the problem," said Manon Becher, CFS Community Development Worker and current CFS Representative on the Fairfield Domestic Violence Committee.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign that has been used as an organising strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women.

CFS Media Enquiries:
Kate Sawtschuk, Communications & Resource Development Worker
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 9727 4333 ext 122

SOURCE: Community First Step

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