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No To Violence in the East

No To Violence in the East

East Gippsland school students put their hands up to say no to family violence

With recent indicating East Gippsland ranks number one in family violence incidents out of 79 studied Local Government Areas studied, Gippsland Lakes Complete Health has today launched "Hands Up to Change the Story", a campaign to highlight that family violence is not ok.

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Replacing the annual "Walk to Change" that could not go ahead due to COVID restrictions, the Hands Up campaign saw East Gippsland students create a message or pattern on a hand stencil that demonstrates the anti-violence message.

GLCH's's Cathy Dickenson says East Gippsland's high stats could be due to a learned attitude about gender roles, and that's why the campaign has been aimed at Primary aged children, as a way to ensure they grow up understanding the need to respect others, regardless of gender.

Locals are also encouraged to be involved in the campaign, and can buy t-shirts and posters for local businesses and organisations to wear and display during the 16 Days of Activism, on now until December 10.

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