Say no to violence in our communities

15 December 2015

A major campaign to "Say no to violence" has been launched in Albury by an Alliance of Councils and Shires of the Upper Murray (ACSUM) and Member for Farrer Sussan Ley.

Albury, Wodonga, Corowa, Greater Hume, Indigo, Towong and Tumbarumba shires, which form the ACSUM alliance, have joined forces to tackle violence in our communities.

Minister for Health and Sport, Ms Ley, said we all have the right to feel safe, living without fear and each one of us has a responsibility to recognise violence against women and its impact on our community.

"Governments across Australia have made addressing this issue a national priority with practical local and front line action, vital for addressing the terrifying spike in violent incidents, and acknowledging that much needs to be done to keep women and children safe," she said.
The campaign will be spearheaded by radio, TV and newspaper advertising featuring well-known members of our communities.

ACSUM spokesman Cr Kevin Mack, from AlburyCity, said the awareness campaign focussed on violence in all its forms.

"It is unacceptable that violence is in our homes, on our streets, our sporting fields or on our computers through social media and the internet," he said. "We need to stand up as individuals and as a community and say no to violence. If you see something, say something."

Wodonga Cr Mark Byatt, also a White Ribbon Ambassador, said everyone needed to be the model for how they wanted their communities to act and behave. "It's up to everyone to ensure that violence is not tolerated and to work together to make a sustainable difference in their communities," he said.

Co-host of 105.7 The River breakfast Luisa Pelizzari, who features in the video, said: "As community members and as human beings we are all responsible for saying NO to violence in all of its forms. I'm really excited to be part of this powerful and positive message."