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Liverpool Stands up Against Domestic Violence

August 29, 2013

Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, today officially unveiled a series of posters aimed at addressing the issue of domestic violence in the local community.

The launch took place at the Liverpool Library and was organised by the Liverpool Women’s Health Centre Domestic Violence Liaison Committee.

"It is absolutely necessary to have initiatives such as this one to raise awareness of the prevalence and highly damaging effects of domestic violence", Mr Hayes said.

"It is a sad reality that one in three women will become victims of violence in their lifetime and one in five women will be victims of sexual violence.

"Even more concerning are figures that show more than half of boys growing up in abusive household become abusers themselves and about half the girls end up with an abuser as a partner.

"The cycle must stop", Mr Hayes added.

The posters were developed by women who have experienced domestic violence and will be distributed across the Liverpool and Fairfield region in a diverse range of agencies and social places to raise awareness of the prevalence and impact of domestic violence.

Mr Hayes encouraged all those present, particularly men, to take the Oath he takes each year on White Ribbon Day never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.