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A young Chester Hill woman has shared her own harrowing story at the recent launch of the Canterbury-Bankstown Says NO to Domestic Violence campaign.
"In March 2015, my mother was murdered in her home by my father," Amani Haydar said.
The launch, which took place at Bankstown Women’s Health Centre on International Women’s Day, included the unveiling of the first of 14 banners to be displayed across Canterbury-Bankstown. They have been created by the Canterbury-Bankstown Domestic Violence Liaison Committee and are aimed at changing perceptions around domestic violence, and provide support to victims by displaying the domestic violence hotline number.
Ms Haydar said these initiatives are vital in preventing other families suffering like her family.
"Eighty women lost their lives to violence in the year I lost my mother," Ms Haydar said.
"It’s time we break the cycle of domestic violence. We need to show our community, domestic violence and abuse is not a private matter. We need to hold offenders accountable and challenge their attitudes. And, victims need to know they can be safe."
Mayor Khal Asfour is a passionate advocator for stopping domestic violence and providing victims with help and support.
"The statistics tell us, domestic violence in our City is on the decline with a four per cent drop in the number of reported incidents over the past five years," Mayor Asfour said.
"However, while it means the hard work of Council, Police and community groups in educating local residents is working, we still have a long way to go. Until there are no cases of domestic violence in our City, there will always be more work to do."
A number of initiatives and events are scheduled throughout the next year, including:
The Canterbury-Bankstown Domestic Violence Service Directory is also available at cbdvsd.com.au
For more information about the Canterbury-Bankstown Says NO to Domestic Violence campaign, contact Council’s Community Safety and Crime Prevention Officer on 9707 9471.
12/03/2018 4:59 PM