SOUTHERN Grampians Shire Council has voted to endorse a strategy to prevent family violence, but not without questions over the strategy report and the “moral authority” of the shire.
Councillor Dennis Dawson urged caution over the strategy and said the use of statistics measured per 100,000 people might create the wrong impression.
Cr Katrina Rainsford said the shire must uphold itself to the same standards in the strategy before implementing it.
Shire services director, Bronwyn Herbert, told councillors that the ‘Great South Coast Strategy to Prevent Violence against Women and Children’ was created by a joint committee of government and non-government organisations.
“It’s the first strategy of its kind for this council and for other councils in the south-west and part of the Great South Coast group,” she said.
“Violence against women and children is a significant issue, both here and right across Australia and it’s good to see that council is considering playing a leadership role.
“Council will be well aware that focus of this strategy is prevention; it’s not about service provision to those who are victims.”
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, December 24, 2013.