Reducing the stigma and promoting prevention of family violence was the theme of a forum held at the Shedley Theatre in Elizabeth today. The forum was hosted by Northern Health Network, headspace Edinburgh North and the City of Playford. The event raised awareness about the different types of family violence and its causes, as well as discussing the skills required to better respond to and ultimately prevent family violence. It was officially opened by City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty.
MC for the event was media personality Emma Rebellato (pictured below), with Arman Abrahimzadeh, of the Zahra Foundation, the keynote speaker.
Mr Abrahimzadeh is an advocate for women and children, as well as protection against family violence. His presentation shared his experience of family violence.
There were a number of other speakers throughout the day, including Minister for Status of Women Zoe Bettison and Professor Sarah Wendt, of Flinders University, who explained that a quarter of Australian women experience domestic violence. But then added this... Other speakers at the event included Annie Francis, policy manager, Officer for Women, Government of South Australia, and Emily Adcock, Northern Domestic Violence Service's children and young person's advocate. Aged rights and the Domestic Violence Crisis Service were also featured as part of the event, along with a look at DV in the Aboriginal community. A question and answer session concluded the event, which was attended by around 400 people.If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family abuse, there are a number of services available to you. For further information, contact the Northern Health Network (8209 0700).