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Jewish Community unites to say 'No' to Family Violence

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26 November 2020

On Wednesday 25 November, twelve leading Jewish organisations - Jewish Care Victoria, Unchain My Heart, Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Rabbinical Council of Victoria, National Council of Jewish Women of Australia (Victoria), Maccabi Victoria, Australian Zionist Youth Council, Progressive Judaism Victoria, Pathways Melbourne, Impact, Australasian Union of Jewish Students and the Australian Jewish News – joined together to support the annual Walk Against Family Violence.

Now in its 12th year, the Walk Against Family Violence is held in support of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and aims to raise awareness of the impact of family violence on the community, and remember those who have lost their lives.

While COVID-19 meant that we were unable to gather in Federation Square as per previous years, supporters were encouraged to ‘walk local’ instead.

Representatives from the partner organisations walked under a shared banner at Caulfield Park to send a clear message that we stand united against family violence. The Walk attracted a great deal of attention from passers-by who stopped to share their support and give thanks, and included a ceremony of reflection for the women and children killed by family violence.

“With family violence in Victoria reaching unprecedented levels during COVID-19, this year’s Walk was more important than ever,” said Marilyn Kraner, Manager of Individual and Family Services at Jewish Care.

To learn more about the impacts of family violence, register to attend Not In Our Community on Monday 7 December.

Co-hosted by Jewish Care and Unchain My Heart, the event will include keynotes from investigative journalist Jess Hill (author of the bestselling See What You Made Me Do) and gett refusal expert Joanne Greenaway (CEO of the London School of Jewish Studies). To register, visit www.jewishcare.org.au/nioc Accessible tickets are available.