Five local Trentham businesses have joined the ‘Say NO to Family Violence’ campaign led by Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas.

Ms Thomas said“I commend all of the Trentham businesses and organisations who have recently come on board and encourage all groups in the community to show leadership and stand together with me on this important issue.”

Trentham CWA, Bendigo Bank Trentham, Trentham Neighbourhood Centre, Trentham Post Office and the St Mary Magdalen’s Op Shop have joined other businesses and associations in the Hepburn & Daylesford region in making a banner to display in the lead up to November 25th, the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Ms Thomas’ recently caught up with the Trentham CWA to see their completed banner, and discuss the work that the Andrews Labor Government is doing to combat Family Violence.

As announced in the 2017-18 State Budget, a record 1.9 billion is being invested across Victoria to end family violence. The Government is working with the community, victims, Victoria Police and peak services to implement the 227 recommendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Ms Thomas said the aim of the ‘Say NO to family violence’ campaign is to raise awareness about the gendered dimensions of family violence and to send a clear message that it will not be tolerated in our community ; also saying “prevention will only be effective when our whole community is involved in changing attitudes and challenging the behaviours that can lead to family and gender-based violence”