Over 1000 people across the Port Macquarie-Hastings have participated in training, education and prevention programs to address the issue of domestic and family violence.
Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services has delivered the programs across 19 organisations, including Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Charles Sturt University (CSU), TAFE, Headspace and ETC.
Real estate agents, hairdressers and small businesses have also taken part in the training.
CSU psychology lecturer, Dr Paola Castillo said staff decided to run two workshops earlier this year because it is vitally important to educate staff, students and the community about domestic violence.
"Having an understanding and awareness enables people to provide the right support for themselves, friends or family who may be experiencing domestic violence," she said.
About 40 people attended the two workshops hosted by CSU, in collaboration with Lifeline Mid North Coast.
Liberty chief executive officer Kelly Lamb said the organisation is making a difference in the lives of families affected by domestic violence, while also focusing on primary prevention, promoting gender equality and educating the community.
Liberty's aim is to eliminate domestic violence in the Port Macquarie-Hastings.
"We are committed to influencing change in our local community by working with schools, organisations, groups and businesses, so that women and children can live free from hurt and harm," Ms Lamb said.
"Liberty delivers a range of tailored training, education and intervention programs that teach community members how to recognise abuse and have the courage and confidence to speak out and offer help.
"Our primary prevention programs address gender inequality, which is a driver of domestic violence, and challenge social norms to create a safer community for us all.
"It is pleasing to see these organisations taking a leadership role in saying no to violence in their workplace cultures and supporting their team members who may be experiencing violence."
The programs cover shocking statistics, such as one in four women have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner since the age of 15.
The educational sessions also bust common myths and misconceptions and shine a light on the attitudes and behaviours that contribute to violence.
Organisations who would like to register for a training program can contact Liberty on 6583 2155.
The Coastal Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence is on Sunday, December 1. Participants can do the full 11km starting at Lighthouse Beach at 8am, 3km starting at Flynns Beach at 9am, or 2km starting at Town Beach at 9.30am. Free buses will run from Westport Park to Lighthouse and Flynns at the start of the walk.
For more information about the event please visit www.libertyservices.org.au/coastalwalk
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