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The life-sized red wooden silhouettes appearing around Grafton over the next few weeks won’t be telling any tales. That’s because they are ‘Silent Witnesses’ and represent women who were murdered by their husbands or intimate partners and no longer have a voice. The silhouettes are part of the Silent Witness Project, created by the Grafton Domestic and Family Violence Liaison Committee to remember women who were victims of family violence and highlight the significant social problem of domestic violence in our community.
The silhouettes are part of a travelling exhibition and highlight the beginning of 16 days of activism against violence to women. They can be seen in various locations around Grafton from November 25 until December 6.
As part of the Dirty Laundry Day Project, a public workshop to raise awareness of domestic violence
will be held in Lismore on Tuesday, October 29.
Intimate partner violence causes more ill-health and premature death for Australian women under 45 than well-known risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. This startling statistic from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is the reason why the Dirty Laundry Day Project is again holding workshops for women who want to have their say about domestic or family violence through creating their own personal message on a t-shirt to be displayed in Lismore CBD.
The Clarence Valley Transport Committee is about to run its annual transport awareness ‘Moving People’ promotion.
National Commissioner for Mental Health, Janet Meagher will be speaking at a free symposium in Lismore on June 13 to discuss the benefits of involving 'Peer' or 'Consumer Workers' in mental health services. The symposium is designed to encourage local community service organisations to get involved with an innovative new approach involving Peer Workers that's changing the delivery of human services across Australia. Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin will open the event and presentations will be delivered by MIND Australia’s Honorary Research Fellow, Anthony Stratford and Lived Experience Project Manager, Gabrielle Le Bon.
A Peer Worker is someone who has a lived experience of disability, mental illness and recovery and uses their experiences to inspire hope in recovery for others. They are employed in organisations to work alongside people with mental health issues, disabilities, young people or families at risk. Studies have shown that peer workers improve rapport and communication between service consumers and staff, and achieve better outcomes for the community, as well as improving efficiency and workforce cohesion.
While involving Peer Workers is still a new model of service delivery, local organisations such as The Buttery, as well as other organisations across Australia and internationally have already successfully embraced it. In the Northern Rivers region last year, the concept was road-tested during the Lived Experience Project (LEP) out of which a "Lived Experience" program prototype was developed to help and support other organisations wanting to involve peer workers. This prototype will be delivered at the symposium and Janet Meagher will be join project participants and mental health and community sector representatives in a round-table discussion, sharing the research and evidence supporting the integration of Peer Workers into mental health services and the lessons learned from the project.