The City of Mandurah have demonstrated their commitment to address family violence in the region with a pledge to the Peel Says No To Violence alliance.
Chief executive officer Mark Newman joined chairperson Nicole Lambert on Friday morning to sign the Alliance Member pledge, ahead of the ninth annual 2019 Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March.
Peel Says No To Violence is an alliance that aims to reduce domestic violence in the region with members also dedicated to addressing the issue.
A number of local community groups and small businesses have already signed the pledge, demonstrating that everyone has a role to pay in ending family violence.
As part of their pledge, the City of Mandurah must participate in the prevention of family domestic violence and gender equality awareness events every year as well as have staff members attend the annual Silent March.
The city must also support Peel Schools Say No To Violence school bag kits, help raise community awareness and deliver a training suite to staff on domestic violence.
Mr Newman said he was proud the City of Mandurah was the first local government to join the alliance.
"We're the second biggest employer in the city so it's important for us to show leadership in this space and domestic violence is a major issue," he said.
"We've got 700 staff who have all now been trained in aspects of domestic violence.
"Now, we'd like to work together to engage the other four councils in the region."
Ms Lambert said the city's commitment offered a "significant level of support".
"We're very focused on broadening the alliance and bringing as many people on board as possible," she said.
"To have the City of Mandurah, who is such a large employer, to show that leadership and show support for it, it is really endorses the alliance on another level and that is really important.
"It's a really significant level of support for us which we are very appreciative of and we're hoping that is going to be a springboard for more local governments to join."
We're very focused on broadening the alliance and bringing as many people on board as possible.Peel Says No To Violence chairperson Nicole Lambert
The City of Mandurah has already made a strong commitment to reducing violence in the region after receiving $150,000 in federal government funding in 2018 to address the problem.
The money was used to partner with the community, develop a Domestic Violence Toolkit and train staff members on how to help their colleagues with family and domestic violence issues.
- Are you experiencing domestic violence? Call police on 000 in an emergency or 131 444 to report an incident.
- For counselling or support services, call the free 24 hour Womens Domestic Violence Helpline on 1800 007 339 or the Men's Domestic Violence Helpline on 1800 000 599.
- Children can call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.