Massive signs to send anti-violence message

A total of two large signs will soon be on display to discourage anyone from committing violence against women.

Hume City Council intends to paint ‘Hume says no to violence’ on grassland in Broadmeadows that faces the M80 Ring Road.

Council will also erect a temporary sign with similar messages at the main entrance to the historic Broadmeadows Town Hall, on Pascoe Vale Road.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said he was confident that many people would notice the crucial slogans.

“We want to send a clear message to every person who lives in Hume and beyond,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Violence against women has no place in our municipality, and there is never an excuse for behaviour that demeans or harms a woman.

“Hume’s sign along the M80 Ring Road shall be seen by thousands of motorists every day, and it will prove a great way to communicate an utterly essential message.

“VicRoads has permitted Council to paint this sign, and it should remain visible for several weeks.”

Every year, Hume City Council organises a special promotion that raises awareness about the issue of family violence, to coincide with White Ribbon Day.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council would present a special event on White Ribbon Day itself, being Wednesday 25 November 2015.

“We are thrilled that the 2015 Australian of the Year, Rosie Batty, has accepted our invitation to speak at Hume’s White Ribbon Day event,” he said.

“Rosie will take to the stage at Broadmeadows Town Hall to share her inspiring story of courage and resilience.

“This very special woman has given so many Australians hope, and I know that people in Hume will want to hear how she assists families that have battled the scourge of violence.”

In February 2014, Rosie Batty’s son, Luke, was murdered by his father at a cricket oval in Tyabb.

The horrendous attack sent shockwaves across Australia, and has motivated a tougher response on the perpetrators of violence, as well as greater support for victims.

Rosie Batty has established The Luke Batty Foundation to help women and children who are victims of family violence.

Cr Atmaca called on anyone who has information about an incident of family violence to report the matter to Victoria Police.

“We know that violence does exist behind the walls of homes in Hume, and it is no longer acceptable to turn a blind eye,” he said.

“Perpetrators of violence destroy lives, and they send fear through their victims as well as other people.

“These cowards cause women and children to modify their behaviour, and they have a dramatic impact on the mental health of many.

“Hume City Council will always stand in solidarity alongside the victims of violence, as we demand an end to the crimes that are a blight on our community.”

Council’s White Ribbon Day event, featuring Rosie Batty, will start at 3pm on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at Broadmeadows Town Hall.

To obtain a free ticket, visit https://humewhiteribbon.eventbrite.com.au

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If you are in immediate danger, call police on 000.

If you or someone you know needs support or information, contact:

• 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732;
• Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre on 1800 015 188; or
• Berry Street Northern Region Family Violence Service on 03 9450 4700.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 6 October 2015


Updated : 11:28 AM, 7 October 2015

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