Cloverdale: Ruth Faulkner library installs purple bench to remember domestic violence victims

Caption: City of Belmont’s John Christie and Major Phil Marks sit on the purple bench outside Ruth Faulkner Public Library.
Caption: City of Belmont’s John Christie and Major Phil Marks sit on the purple bench outside Ruth Faulkner Public Library.

LATEST data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) shows that one woman a week is killed by a current or former lover and one man a month killed due to domestic and family violence in Australia.

To honour all the victims, a purple bench has been placed outside the Ruth Faulkner Public Library in Cloverdale.

City of Belmont Mayor Phil Marks said the City was pleased to support the campaign.

“In 2017, Councillors committed to support an enhanced domestic violence service locally, providing additional funds to support the partnership between Ruah Community Services, City of Belmont and Belmont Police, who work in collaboration to provide a free Belmont Family Safe Guarding Families Advocacy Service,” he said.

“This vital service aims to support individuals and families impacted by family domestic violence.”

The Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services of WA launched the purple bench initiative earlier this year.

The campaign is supported by local government councils and Members of Parliament.

The colour purple was chosen in line with the worldwide domestic violence awareness movement and to act as a visual reminder of the issue.

The bench displays help numbers for people experiencing domestic and family violence.

The service is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and is free to access, phone Ruah Community Services on 13 78 24.

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