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Bench marks domestic violence awareness in Bruce Rock

Members of the community on the purple bench

​​The installation of a purple bench has seen the Bruce Rock community come together to raise awareness of family and domestic violence.

The 'Purple Bench' is an initiative of the Women's Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services of WA and was implemented by the Shire as a first in the WA regional community.

The bench is painted purple to align with the worldwide domestic violence awareness movement and aims to honour all victims of domestic and family violence in WA. Helpline numbers are listed on a plaque.

The initiative was a collaborative effort involving the local police, Men's Shed, the Shire of Bruce Rock, Bruce Rock District High School, Community Resource Centre and the Wheatbelt Youth Council.

The Shire's CEO, Darren Mollenoyux said it was important to engage with young people in the implementation phase.

"Awareness of domestic and family violence is an important community issue and by engaging with young people we can help build respectful attitudes and behaviours and cultivate change from an early age.

"Members from the Wheatbelt Youth Council were actively engaged in this project and spoke at the unveiling of the bench alongside representatives from the Women's Council and Shire President Cr. Stephen Strange."

More than 40 community members turned out to celebrate the unveiling of the bench and demonstrate their commitment to ongoing activities to raise awareness of this important issue.