Look out for orange balloons and information displays at Casey Cardinia Libraries (CCL) during the Victoria Against Violence 16 Days of Activism campaign - Take Action and Go Orange running from 25 November to 10 December.
CCL is also supporting the 1 Million Stars Against Family Violence Campaign and hosting events such as the White Ribbon Walk Against Violence in Pakenham on November 25.
CCL CEO Chris Buckingham said: “In a region where family violence is far too high, we have a responsibility to make sure that people who are at risk feel safe in our libraries and can access support services”. Libraries in the Casey Cardinia Region – Cranbourne, Doveton, Emerald, Endeavour Hills, Hampton Park, Narre Warren and Pakenham – will be decked out with orange balloons to feature information displays on family violence and where to get help. Children’s Storytimes will also offer gender neutral stories which will allow people to question traditional gender stereotypes.
Mr Buckingham said: “Every one of us knows someone who has been adversely affected by family violence. How we choose to respond to family violence will have a direct impact in our community. ”
Over the next couple of months, the organisation is implementing the State Government’s Child Safety Standards, which will also contribute to making Casey Cardinia Libraries safer for children and families.
“Libraries have a vital role to play in providing safe places where people can gather, share knowledge and have conversations”, Mr Buckingham said.
If you feel you need professional guidance about how best to navigate your way through a difficult situation, please call SAFE STEPS 1800 015 188 – it is a free 24/7 service.