Purple benches honour victims
The City of Joondalup CBD is now home to two purple benches, honouring those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
The benches – located on Boas Avenue near the Joondalup Library and outside Lotteries House – were officially launched in February by Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and Angela Hartwig, the CEO of the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WCDFVS).
The colour purple is associated worldwide with the domestic violence awareness movement.
The two benches feature a plaque encouraging people currently experiencing family and domestic violence to seek advice and support.
They are among many being installed in public space across in WA in a partnership between Local Government and WCDFVS.
Ms Hartwig said domestic violence was an issue that knew no boundaries.
“We are extremely pleased that Local Governments like Joondalup have embraced the purple benches initiative through which we can honour victims of domestic violence and provide essential crisis line numbers to those in need,” she said.
If you need advice and support, contact the Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline on 9233 1188 and free call 1800 007 339 or visit womenscouncil.com.au
The latest data from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports one woman a week is killed from a current or former partner; and one man a month is killed due to Domestic and Family Violence.
In 2018, 69 women were killed in Australia by acts of violence, mostly perpetrated by a current or former partner.