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Family Violence Forum series on RPP FM

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RPP FM will broadcast a short season of programs commencing this week that takes a close look at family violence.

Produced and presented by Social Scientist Sina Summers and will be replayed on her weekly program ‘Navigating Change, in a 5 part series that introduces us to the complex and difficult subject.

Sina begins her series from the Family Violence Forum recently held at the Peninsula Community Theatre in Mornington.

Young Luke Batty’s image was on the big screen as Rosie Batty delivered a heartfelt plea for change to the many lives damaged by deaths like Luke's.

The Peninsula Community Theatre was bulging at the seams with 540 people eager to attend, many standing.  “Never seen the venue so full”, was heard regularly.

There were moments where it was difficult to see a dry eye, senior police included.

Many said it was an absolute privilege to attend with such high quality presentations, particularly Rosie’s.

About 25 senior police, including both the Frankston and Mornington family violence units filled the front rows of the venue.  Some of these members would have been the first on the scene of the Tyabb cricket training session earlier this year.

Previous victims of family violence were heard to say, “How uplifting and empowering the evening was for them”.  They ‘felt confidant knowing there is support in the community out there and they are not alone’.

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Cr Antonella Celi was also on hand to articulate the Morning Peninsula strategy on family violence strategy.

A special feature series will be broadcast on Friday’s from 12 – 1pm on the popular program ‘Navigating Change with Sina Summers’ and will run over 5 weeks -14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov, 5th Dec and 12th Dec.

The series will feature the live recording of the forum speakers and many local organisations such as Peninsula Health, Peninsula Community Legal Centre, Good Shepherd Family Violence programs and more.

The program is designed to bring awareness about this important issue at a time when many people in our community are at risk and how family violence is impacting the Mornington Peninsula.

From left; Rosie Batty, Fiona McCormack – CEO Domestic Violence Victoria, Rodney Vlais – 'No to Violence' and CEO & Chief Commissioner of Victorian Police Ken Lay