By Stacey Ryde
Perth radio personality Heidi Anderson is leading the charge in tackling the issue of domestic violence.
Her personal quest complements The Freedom from Fear campaign released last month by the state government.
“We need more men to speak out on this issue, especially if they’ve done it before. We need men to mentor and speak to the public that have been there before,” said Miss Anderson, who is part of the breakfast line-up at 92.9.
From January to June this year, police have managed 4,000 domestic violence incidents within the South East Metropolitan district alone.
The state government is working strongly to eliminate family and domestic violence and aims to increase safety for women and children.
“It’s a national issue that leaves me wanting to help and change the world but I’m not that naive. I can continue in my job and position to raise awareness and keep the conversation going,” said Miss Anderson.
One of the key actions from the plan is to promote an understanding and awareness regarding family and domestic violence.
Among these 20 key actions are plans to introduce improved emergency access to women’s refuges, a pilot program for male perpetrators, new restraining orders specific to family and domestic violence and a respectful relationship education program in schools.
“By having an action plan with a focus on perpetrator accountability, families and communities will be better informed about the patterns of deliberate behaviour that lead to actions requiring police and justice interventions,” said Anglicare Family and Domestic Violence Services consultant Victoria Cooke.
A key action is to target communities and populations that are most at risk.
If you or someone you know needs help or is experiencing domestic violence, don’t suffer in silence, call the 24 hour Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63.