PDH Advocating For An End To Violence Against Women

Gerry Leonard - PDH Mental Health Nurse & Men's Health Coordinator
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Portland District Health has had a long-standing commitment to abolishing violence.

PDH has supported several programs that highlight the tragedy of domestic violence and encourages a community campaign to prevent it happening.

Earlier this year PDH took the initiative of inspiring Portland to become a `Star Weave Community' in the One Million Stars to End Violence Project.

PDH supports the White Ribbon campaign by displaying a series of promotional posters advocating for an end to violence against women.

The posters call on people to take the White Ribbon oath as a symbol of intention to ensure all women are treated with respect and to intervene safely when someone else doesn't.

The signs are at the PDH Consulting Suites, Active Health Portland and at the Urgent Care Centre entrance and the main entrance to the hospital.

PDH community health counsellor and coordinator of the Portland Men’s Shed, Gerry Leonard, said the health service could play an important role in advocating against domestic violence.

We want to do our bit to promote respectful relationships and eliminate all violence against women, Mr Leonard said.

Recent statistics confirm the seriousness of domestic violence in Australia.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show 158 people were murdered by a partner or family member in 2015, including 103 females and 32 children.

It is estimated 8 per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls have been sexually abused.

The figures show the most dangerous place for a woman is at home with her partner on a Saturday night; for men the most dangerous place is to be out in public with other men.

As part of the White ribbon campaign, PDH is this week mounting a display near the main entrance to the hospital.

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