beyondblue welcomes initiative to end violence against Australian women and their children

beyondblue congratulates the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children on its new ‘Our Watch’ initiative and puts its support behind the Foundation’s campaign, beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman said.

“Our Watch is a fantastic initiative from the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children and beyondblue is delighted to see so many prominent Australians give their support to the campaign,” she said.

“beyondblue already has much in common with the Foundation, including that we’re both working to effect change and reduce stigma, and that we have apolitical support which is incredibly important.

“Domestic violence is an issue which cuts across our work, as experiences of violence, including emotional, psychological and physical abuse, cause distress, can change how women and young people feel about themselves and their futures, and can lead to depression and anxiety.”

The campaign was launched in Sydney this morning by Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and Board chair of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children.

“beyondblue has already had early and informal discussions with the Foundation team where we shared beyondblue’s successful organisational model, and we look forward to talking more about how we might work together,” Ms Harman said.

“Our work is focused on raising awareness of depression and anxiety, reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with them, encouraging action and help-seeking and providing advice, information and support. Our ultimate goal is to change behaviour: in individuals, families and communities,” she said.

“We congratulate the Foundation for this campaign and look forward to supporting further work preventing violence against women and their children in the Australian community.”

Source: beyondblue

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