Say NO to Family Violence

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, who is with us in the house, and concerns my Say No to Family Violence campaign in my electorate of Narre Warren South. The action I seek is that the minister join me in launching the campaign at Kambrya College next month.

I will be joining with the school community to launch the campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the horrifying impact family violence has on many people in the electorate of Narre Warren South. Along with students and teachers, we will place our painted hands on banners to symbolise our united stand against family violence.

My electorate is located within the city of Casey, which sadly has the highest number of reported incidents of family violence in Victoria. Even more disturbing is that these figures continue to worsen each and every year. The latest figures reveal that in 2013–14 there were 3840 reported incidents of family violence in Casey alone. Police estimate that incidents of family violence are vastly under-reported.

Our growing local community is wonderfully diverse, with local residents coming from more than 150 nations and many faiths. Sadly, too many are faced with the cruel reality of family violence. Our Say No to Family Violence campaign will give a voice to those impacted by family violence and will provide members of the wider community with the opportunity to stand together against family violence. I have asked many community groups, schools, neighbourhood houses, local organisations and community leaders to take part. The response has already been strong, and I know members of our community will stand proudly together on this very important issue.

All who take part will be given the opportunity to prepare a banner featuring their hand print and a unique message. The banners will then be displayed for all in our community to see. I hope there will be many banners proudly displayed throughout the electorate, symbolising our united stance against family violence. Our campaign will end with a vigil in early 2016 in commemoration of the victims who have lost their lives and those who continue to face adversity each and every day.

I know the minister and all members of the Andrews Labor government are committed to putting an end to family violence. Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence will finally give victims a voice, and I can assure them that we are listening. I hope we find some answers. The minister is doing a wonderful job, and I hope she will join me and the Kambrya College community in launching our Say No to Family Violence campaign in the Narre Warren South electorate.