Event push for attitude change

MAKING CHANGE: Women's Health Loddon Mallee is leading conversations about how to prevent family violence.

MAKING CHANGE: Women's Health Loddon Mallee is leading conversations about how to prevent family violence.

WOMEN'S Health Loddon Mallee has announced it will hold a family violence prevention conference in October.

The conference is titled "Everybody's business" and will be open to experts and the general public alike.

The organisation's chief executive Linda Beilharz said they were making the announcement early to get as many registrations as possible.

Ms Beilharz said the event aimed to help people understand that family violence was everyone's responsibility.

She said the average person thought of the police, victims or perpetrators when the issue of family violence was brought up.

"If you belong to a sporting club this is your business. If you're a parent of a child who attends school, this is your business, if you're a community leader this is your business," she said.

Ms Beilharz said her organisation was trying to address ingrained attitudes that caused an acceptance of violence against women.

"One of the barriers is that people don't recognise the extent of violence," Ms Beilharz said.

But she said some attitudes towards family violence were changing.

"Men and women are seeing themselves both working together on this issue rather than it being polarized between them."

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