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Domestic Violence Forum Provides Tools for DV Personnel

Moree Plains Shire Council was the key sponsor of the Moree Branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) Domestic Violence Professional Development Forum held at the Town and Country Club on Tuesday 12 March 2016.

Over 50 health and welfare workers, emergency services and Police personnel attended the free forum developed by Rape and Domestic Violence Australia (R&DVA) to increase awareness of domestic violence in rural Australia.

Just two years ago, Moree was ranked the second highest per capita for incidences of domestic violence against all local government areas in NSW* but RDVA trainer Jade Alexander explained that “no community is immune to the trauma of sexual assault, domestic or family violence.”

The forum, which is being delivered across 15 regional centres, is to assist personnel involved and affiliated with domestic violence to increase their skills and knowledge when working with recipients of abuse as often the first response is critical to a victim’s recovery and decisions about what to do next.

Council’s Acting Manager of Community Development Murray Amos said “the forum was about empowering each other and learning the tools to help the most vulnerable members of our community.”

CWA event coordinator Joy Holmes acknowledged Council’s sponsorship which enabled the CWA to put on the forum for those personnel who have connections with people who have experienced sexual assault, domestic or family violence.

It is every person’s human right to a life free of violence. If you feel in danger of or have experienced sexual assault, domestic or family violence, please seek assistance by calling 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

The Country Women’s Association (CWA) Domestic Violence Professional Development Forum brought together health and welfare workers, emergency services and Police personnel to help the most vulnerable members of our community.

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