Standing up to domestic violence

ARE you a survivor of family violence?

One in three women experience physical violence, equating to more than 7,600 women in the City of Glenorchy.

It is estimated that 55 per cent of children who witness family violence have also been physically abused and 40 per cent have suffered sexual assault.

Estimations indicate that 80 per cent of Australian women who experience violence from their current partner have never contacted police.

Do you have a story that you would like to share that could help others who are currently facing situations of family violence?

‘Silhouette Stories’ is a community art project by the Glenorchy City Council’s ‘Can Do Community’ that is seeking to capture and share these stories of strength, hope and inspiration.

Launched in May at Northgate Shopping Centre, the project utilises simple art processes to allow people to feel comfortable as they engage in opportunities of self-exploration and self-expression.

During the next 12-months, individual and community artworks will be produced that have the potential to engage others in conversations about family violence.

It is envisaged that there will also be a large-scale street art project, which will also assist in opening up further discussions among an even wider community.

If you would like to become involved in the project, you have the choice to remain anonymous or you could become a public champion for positive change within the community.

The project is open to anyone who would like to join in. All contributions, ideas and involvement will be appreciated, valued and respected.

This project is supported by Glenorchy City Council’s Safer Communities Committee and Can Do Community’s family violence initiative.

For more information, contact Can Do Community coordinator Lisa Rudd on telephone 6216 6800 or email lrudd@gcc.tas.gov.au.

If you are currently facing a situation of family violence and need assistance, contact the Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 (24 hours a day, seven days a week).

In an emergency phone 000.

Caption: A community art project tilted “Silhouette Stories” is capturing and sharing domestic violence stories that offer strength, hope and inspiration.

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