Violence against women remains a serious problem in Australia.

Eurobodalla Labor for Council today said its support for Eurobodalla Domestic and Family Violence Service Homelessness services (which works with single women and women with children experiencing domestic and family violence) was especially important in the midst of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women event.

Councillor candidate Maureen Searson said the campaign acknowledged the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and concluded on 14 December which is Human Rights Day.

“The local services also assist men with or without children to get access to early intervention support, information, and referrals to targeted services among supports,” Ms Searson said.

The service also include the Moruya Women’s Refuge and has strong links with the Eurobodalla Homelessness Support Service and Youth Homelessness Support Service. It also provides support to adults and families whose tenancies are at risk, to sustain those tenancies.

“Domestic and family violence comes at a high cost to individuals, families and the community,” Ms Searson said. “It has devastating impacts on the psychological, physical and social well-being of those who experience it, as well as the ongoing costs to economic and financial well-being.

“These 16 days of activism encourage women and men to take the lead in their communities and networks by speaking out about violence and challenging attitudes that allow violence to continue in society.

“Preventing violence and against women is up to all of us. Preventing violence against women helps protect children and stops the cycle of violence going from one generation to the next,” she added.

The Labor candidates in addition to David Grace are Maureen Searson, Matthew Findlay, Claire McAsh, Deirdre Russack and Jack Egan.

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