A domestic violence and sexual assault forum will be held at Kyogle on April 6.
A domestic violence and sexual assault forum will be held at Kyogle on April 6. CONTRIBUTED

Kyogle to host domestic violence forum

A FREE domestic violence and sexual assault forum will be held at Kyogle next month to try and combat the consistent number of incidents in the area.

In 2014 and 2015, Kyogle Police attended 33 incidences of domestic violence.

Many are affected

If each incident was in a family of four that could be over 130 people directly impacted in a population of less than 3,000 people.

To address and reduce domestic violence and sexual assault in rural and regional Australia, Country Women's Association of NSW State President, Tanya Cameron said the organisation had decided to sponsor the forum in Kyogle.

The forum will cover domestic violence and sexual assault myths and impacts.

It will assist participants to know what to say and how to assist a person to access the services and support they need.

Police from Richmond LAC and the Richmond Sexual Assault service will also present on the day.

Trainers from Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia will lead the forums.

Evidence-based information

The information delivered is based on evidence of what works and is informed by over 40 years experience assisting those who have experienced this violence.

"The forum is a professional development opportunity for anyone who, in the course of their employment may have someone say 'I have or am experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault," Mrs Cameron said.

"We know that working with someone who has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault can have an impact on the worker so we asked Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia to include in

the forum information on this impact which is called vicarious trauma.

"It is also important to talk about how we can prevent this violence so the day will be wrapped up with a presentation and activity from the sex and ethics primary prevention program."

Workers in government, non government and private health, welfare, education and human services are invited to attend.

Forum details

When: Wednesday April 6.

Where: Kyogle Seniors Centre, 3 Bloore St, Kyogle.

Time: 9am to 5pm

To register: rsvp@rape-dvservice.org.au



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