Council supports Domestic Violence reforms

Penrith says no to domestic violence

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown has welcomed the $160 million funding commitment from the Federal and State Governments for action on domestic violence, but says more is needed.

Federal funding of $100 million will develop innovative technology to keep women safe, expand support hotlines, establish domestic violence units in legal services and expanding training for frontline services. The State's $60 million funding package targets perpetrators and supports women, men and children who experience domestic and family violence.

"A change in people's attitudes towards violence is needed," Cr McKeown said.

"The establishment of new services and expansion of existing ones is good news however more must be done."

Cr Mc Keown said Penrith City Council has a long standing commitment to combating domestic violence and will continue to do so into the future.

"Council provides ongoing support and assistance to the Nepean Domestic Violence Network to deliver projects and events that raise awareness of domestic and family violence as well as reducing the levels of that violence across the Penrith LGA."

Council will hold a White Ribbon Day Walk on Wednesday 25 November along the Nepean River where community members, local business and community leaders will come together.

White Ribbon Walk

What:        Free community event, all welcome to mark White Ribbon Day at a Twilight River Walk.
When:       Wednesday, 25 November
Time:         Walk starts 5:30pm, White Ribbon Oath at Tench Reserve, 6:30pm
Where:      Starting location Weir Reserve. The walk will follow the walking track for 3.5kms to Tench Reserve.

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 20 October 2015.