Hundreds of people will come together at the Pakenham Library next month to support the campaign to end family violence in our community.
The Together With Me @ The Library Summit on Monday 16 April will provide free information sessions including a keynote presentation by renowned psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Casey Cardinia Libraries joined the Together We Can movement to host the event which is open to community service professionals as well as the broader community.
CCL Chief Executive Officer, Chris Buckingham said the team at Casey Cardinia Libraries are delighted to be able to make a meaningful contribution to this important cause.
“The aim of this summit is to provide free and easy access to information about family violence and ways to prevent it in the first place, while helping to open up dialogue and provide support for those who are affected,” Mr Buckingham said. “By working together we can all play a role in building safe and strong families and preventing family violence.”
A closed information session and discussion group will be held in the afternoon for local secondary students, as well as a professional development workshop for education professionals. From 3pm, local community and family violence support services will have stalls set up providing free information and support to all members of the community.
At 6.30pm, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg will give a talk on Building Healthy and Respectful Relationships. This is a free community event, however bookings are essential. The Pakenham Inner Wheel Club will be providing catering. Dr Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists and a regular on Melbourne Radio and television. He has worked in the area of health psychology, bullying, parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health and founded CanTeen, a cancer patients’ support group for teenagers.
Cardinia Shire Mayor Cr Collin Ross said the event would provide insights and advice for building healthy relationships, which would be of practical use to everyone in the community. “As one of the community solutions identified at the Together We Can Community Summit last year, this event will help our community to tackle the prevalent social issue of family violence at the domestic level by learning to foster peace in the home,” Cr Ross said.
“I believe everyone who attends will have something to gain from Dr Michael Carr-Gregg’s vast experience as a renowned Psychologist, media commentator, and as a board member of the Family Peace Foundation. “Family violence affects our whole community, especially women and children, and it will take our whole community to stand up against it. You may have experienced family violence directly or it could be happening to someone you know or love. And, it forms part of our culture whether we like it or not – this is why we must all band together to stop, prevent, and end family violence in Cardinia Shire.”
If you need immediate assistance call 000, or call 1800 RESPECT (737732) or Men’s Referral Service 1300 766 491 for a confidential conversation.