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Domestic violence workshop hones strategy

22 October 2015

Mosman Council will launch an action program to combat domestic violence in the lead-up to White Ribbon Day with a workshop for specialists on 3 November.

Key stakeholder groups including the Harbourside Command officer for domestic violence, Mosman High School’s principal, a representative from the Lower North Shore Domestic Violence Network (DV Network) and Lifeline, a White Ribbon ambassador, general practitioners and psychologists have been invited to attend.

“Recommendations from the meeting will form the basis of a strategy for further activity to increase awareness and our understanding of domestic violence in our community,” Deputy Mayor of Mosman Carolyn Corrigan said.

“It’s important that we listen to those who are working in this field and who have direct contact with those impacted by domestic violence.”

Mosman recorded 47 incidents of domestic violence in 2014/15, a slight increase on the previous year in which 45 incidents were reported.

“Lower rates, including 27 incidents in 2012/13, have previously been recorded and we will never know whether the recent increase is a result of increased reporting,” Cr Corrigan said. “However, increased reporting is a positive step as it shows the message that this is assault is being heard.”

“Any incident is one incident too many and Mosman Council will be working with local specialists through next month’s workshop and a range of other measures to try to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in our area.”

As well as the specialists’ meeting, a range of other measures is being initiated including a regional Lifeline DV Alert training session for staff and volunteers held recently at Lane Cove Council, and training for community services workers and domestic violence workers funded by Mosman Council early next year to help identify the signs of domestic assault.

DV Network members will raise awareness and provide outreach to community members at stalls at Mosman Markets on 7 November and other locations later this year, including Neutral Bay.