White Ribbon activities for Glen Innes seek to end men’s violence against women

Safe in Our Town committee members Laurie Newsome (Glen Innes Family and Youth Support Services), Councillor Dianne Newman (Deputy Mayor), Janine Johnson (Glen Innes Severn Council), Councillor Carol Sparks (Mayor) and Brenda
Beauchamp (Community Centre).
Safe in Our Town committee members Laurie Newsome (Glen Innes Family and Youth Support Services), Councillor Dianne Newman (Deputy Mayor), Janine Johnson (Glen Innes Severn Council), Councillor Carol Sparks (Mayor) and Brenda Beauchamp (Community Centre).

Glen Innes had New South Wales’ third highest domestic violence figures in 2016, dropping to tenth in the state last year.

To help end violence, the Safe in Our Town committee has organised three activities for the White Ribbon 16 Days of Activism from November 25 to December 10.

White Ribbon engages men to make women’s safety a man’s issue, too, mobilising men and communities to end men’s violence against women.

“It’s everybody’s business for us to have a safe and developing society,” family and youth support worker Laurie Newsome said.

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On Thursday, November 29, a White Ribbon table was placed outside the Community Centre in Grey Street, for the fifth Day of Activism: “Promote healthy relationships and consent”.

The Safe in Our Town Committee launched two new resources for the community on domestic and family violence on Tuesday, December 4.

Books providing information and stories are now available at the Glen Innes Library. These books relate to, and provide information for different situations, lifestyles, and age groups.

The Help in Glen website (https://www.helpinglen.com/) is an internet website directory providing information for those seeking aid. The site will grow as further service information is added.

Services and persons in need are encouraged to visit and use these resources if they need any such information.

Mayor Carol Sparks officially launched the resources at an event attended by members of the Safe in Our Town Committee.

Mayor Carol Sparks and Laurie Newsome launching the website.

Mayor Carol Sparks and Laurie Newsome launching the website.

She thanked all involved in the Safe in Our Town Committee for their input into achieving these resources.

Thanks must also go to the Glen Innes Opportunity Shop for their kind donation, to Pat Fenton for her help with fundraising, and to Glen Innes Family and Youth Support Service Inc for their continuing auspice support of the Safe in Our Town Committee.

On Friday, December 7, the Safe in Our Town Committee will hold a White Ribbon dinner at the New England Club from 6pm.

It will be a time for reflection on what has been achieved over the year, and the importance of maintaining a forum for the future.

Guest speakers from UNE’s Schools of Health, and of Behavioural, Cognitive, and Social Sciences will talk about the importance of awareness about domestic violence at state and local levels.

While White Ribbon’s motto is “Men working to end men’s violence against women”, all are welcome to attend the dinner; inspiration and input from both sexes can make a positive difference.

For more information, call Laurie Newsome on 0438 732 139.