Purple Bench honouring domestic homicide victims placed in Hyde Park

Kedy Kristal from the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services on the purple bench with Vincent deputy mayor Susan Gontaszewski
Kedy Kristal from the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services on the purple bench with Vincent deputy mayor Susan Gontaszewski

A PURPLE Bench honouring victims of domestic homicide has been placed at Hyde Park.

The new bench featuring a plaque encouraging people to seek advice and support is among many that are being installed in public spaces in WA through partnerships between the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services in WA and local councils.

“The purple bench movement started in Canada in 2015 to honour the memory of Barb Baillie and has since spread across the world,” City of Vincent deputy mayor Susan Gontaszewski said.

“This bench remembers those who have all died in WA recently, a shocking 23 victims since the start of the year,” she said.

“It is for anyone who is currently experiencing the domestic and family violence.”

The Women’s Council is campaigning to have more purple benches installed in communities to honour local victims and act as a visual reminder of the prevalence of domestic and family violence and its consequences within communities.

“The presence of a Purple Bench raises public awareness and provides the opportunity for this important issue to remain visible,” Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services in WA chief executive Angela Hartwig said.

“It provides a physical place to reflect about the important work achieved to date and how we can move over the next generations to bring an end to domestic and family violence,” she said.

If you need advice and support, contact the Women’s DV Helpline 9233 1188 and 1800 007 339 or visit www.womenscouncil.com.au.