It’s time to put yourself in her shoes

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Frankston Dolphins Football Club and Frankston City Council is stepping into the shoes of the 48 women who have died in Australia this year as a result of family violence.

According to Destroy the Joint research, as of November 11, it is believed 48 women have lost their lives to violence in 2019.

Shockingly, that figure equates to one woman killed every week.

The football club and the council have joined forces with Zonta Club Melbourne South East and CWA Peninsula Belles Branch as part of an annual global initiative; the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is running from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, through to 10 December, International Human Rights Day. 

There will be 48 shoes placed on the Frankston Dolphins Football Club oval on November 24 at 10am to launch the In Her Shoes: Call it Out For Her installation and pay respect the women who tragically lost their lives this year.  

Newly appointed Frankston City Mayor Sandra Mayer said she was “extremely passionate” about any campaign which raises awareness about violence against women because she herself had experienced it.

“This is an opportunity to reflect on the impact of violence against women and how we can all play a role to stop this from happening by calling out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women in our everyday lives,” the Mayor said.

“I’m not just talking the talk, I’m walking the walk too.  I’ve been in those shoes and its soul destroying.  That’s why I volunteer my time in the space of prevention and am making it a priority this year.  Family violence costs our community $46 million annually and the trauma experienced by victims continues to impact their lives for years to come.”

“It’s incredibly scary how many women and children are being murdered at the hands of someone they know; it seems like it has become an epidemic when it should be going the other way after all the work done in recent years at all 3 levels of government.

 “Prevention is the key so that these devastating numbers don’t continue to climb.

“Women also need to know there is a way out, don’t stay out of fear, you can plan your get away and you can once again live in a world with love, light and laughter.”

Victorian Police data shows Frankston City has had the highest rates of family violence incidents in Metropolitan Melbourne for several years.

In 2017/18, there were 2,344 family violence incidents in Frankston City and of those statistics female victims were three times more than what was recorded for male victims.

Frankston Dolphins Football Club CEO Adrian Lloyd said the right message needed to be instilled early in order to make a change.

“If we are serious about ending violence against women, then we must address gender inequality and disrespectful attitudes towards women straight away,” Mr Lloyd said.

“Here at Frankston Dolphins we are part of a community and we teach our players to be positive role models. Our motto is; do what good dolphins do, which includes calling out disrespect and standing up against violence of any kind.

“It’s important to bring all people, including men, into the conversation about all forms of family violence and violence against women.

“We will stand up against family violence against women at any cost.”

My Lloyd and Mayor Mayer encouraged the community to get behind the campaign and join them at the Frankston Dolphins Football Club Oval,

The focus of the Frankston City campaign also coincides with Respect Victoria's Respect Women: Call it Out campaign, which encourages people to call out sexism, sexual harassment and disrespect towards women in everyday life.

After the In her Shoes launch the shoe installation will then be moved to Bayside Shopping Centre.

For more information visit Frankston.vic.gov.au. 

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