Representatives from community groups, sporting clubs and local businesses gathered at the Daylesford Neighbourhood house this morning to launch the “Daylesford and Hepburn Say NO to Family Violence” campaign.

Spearheaded by Mary-Anne Thomas MP, the aim of the ‘Say NO to family violence’ campaign is to raise awareness about the impact of family violence and to send a clear message that it will not be tolerated in our community.

Family violence directly affects one in five Victorian women over the course of their lifetime and is the leading contributor to preventable death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44 years.

The Andrews Labor Government’s overhaul of Victoria’s family violence system is well underway, and further supported with a record $1.91billion commitment from the 2017 / 2018 budget. Working with the community, victims, Victoria Police and peak services in order to implement every one of the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Daylesford and Hepburn say NO to Family Violence is a grass roots campaign that compliments the Government’s goal to stamp out the prevalence of Family Violence in our community.

We need to keep victims safe. We need to keep perpetrators accountable. And we need to keep confronting the problems that cause family violence.

Individuals and organisations who would like to be involved in the campaign are encouraged to contact Mary-Anne’s office on 5428 2138 or follow the campaign on Facebook.



Quotes attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas MP

“Family Violence does not discriminate. It is prevalent across all sectors of our society and no community is exempt. But the more we talk about it, the more we make it clear that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable.”

“I commend each of the 16 community groups that are already involved in this campaign – and I hope over the coming months that more businesses and organisations across Daylesford and Hepburn join us in saying NO to Family Violence.”