Grampians Community Health acknowledged the efforts of their homelessness and family violence team as the world celebrates International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on Wednesday.
Grampians Community Health Chief executive Greg Little said too frequently women who worked in supporting victims of family violence were either not recognised or vilified by perpetrators and the uninformed as “the bad guys”.
“The homelessness and family violence team at Grampians Community Health is an incredibly dedicated and proud group who are there for the people in our community who are impacted by family violence,” he said.
“This however also creates a heavy burden on them as they are also part of the community.
“The women in our team still need to be part of society, they need to relax, spend time with their families, shop, go out like everyone else, but this can sometimes be daunting when they know the person walking towards them or serving them in a shop may also be a perpetrator of family violence.”
The annual International Women Human Rights Defenders Day was launched in 2004 for the recognition and protection of women human rights defenders.
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