Over recent months, the LGAQ has been working with the Red Rose Foundation Australia to have its very own #redbench outside LG House to help raise awareness about the factors surrounding domestic and family violence deaths including homicide, suicide and accidental deaths.
The LGAQ also undertook a social media campaign to mark Domestic and Family Violence awareness month. You can see conversations from the Red Bench with LGAQ CEO Greg Hallam, LGAQ General Manager, Advocate Sarah Buckler, LGAQ Domestic & Family Violence Project Officer Jim Boden, and Redlands City Council Mayor Karen Williams below.
The Red Rose Foundation launched the Red Bench Project to build a permanent reminder that domestic violence occurs within all of our communities. The presence of a Red Bench in a public location aims to raise public awareness and provide an opportunity for this important issue to remain visible. The Red Rose Foundation have a goal to have one Red Bench in every local government area in Queensland.
The first of the red benches were unveiled on May 15, 2019, in Cleveland by Redlands City Council Mayor Karen Williams. The Red Bench in Cleveland is the first of many across Queensland. There are now over 40 red benches from local government, state government, and community groups.
The Red Rose Foundation is a national not for profit charity that actively works to end domestic and family violence-related deaths in Australia including homicide, suicide, and accidental deaths that arise from incidents and or/histories of domestic violence.
To find about more about the #redbench initiative and the Red Rose Foundation go to the redrosefoundation.com.au.