Tambellup bench a powerful purple tribute to women killed by family and domestic violence

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Sarah MakseGreat Southern Herald
Tambellup community members at the opening of the bench.
Camera IconTambellup community members at the opening of the bench. Credit: Tambellup Community Resource Centre

A purple bench in the heart of Tambellup is set to pay tribute to the lives lost to family and domestic violence.

Unveiled outside the Tambellup Community Resource Centre last week, the bench features a plaque with emergency numbers for women in crisis.

The new addition was unveiled as part of the 16 Days in WA campaign, which started on November 25 to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

It will end on December 10 — International Human Rights Day.

In WA, one in five women has reported experiencing partner violence since the age of 15, according to the State Government.

The Purple Bench Project started in Canada in 2015 and has since spread across the globe, with the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services helping to establish benches across WA.

“We feel that the Purple Bench initiative provides a permanent reminder that domestic and family violence exists in all communities,” Tambellup Community Resource Centre co-ordinator Rebekka Polack said.

“Every West Australian has a responsibility to recognise and respond appropriately to this devastating issue in our community.

“We would also like to thank the Tambellup CWA branch for their generous donation, and the Broomehill-Tambellup Shire for helping us to install the bench.”

The bench was made possible by support from Linkwest as part of the 16 Days in WA campaign.

For support, call the Women’s DV Helpline on 1800 007 339.

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