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August 18, 2022

Continuing the conversation around domestic violence

A Purple Bench has been installed in Bicentennial Park, near the duck pond, as a permanent reminder of the devastating impact of domestic and family violence in our community.

The Purple Bench has been funded by Tamworth Regional Council in partnership with TFSS.

TFSS CEO Belinda Kotris said she was very thankful for the support from Tamworth Regional Council.

“The location of the bench is perfect, near where the annual domestic violence memorial event is held. 

“The color purple is a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor and dedication to ending violence,” said Ms Kotris.

This year alone, TFSS has received 5,000 calls for assistance from women across the New England North-West escaping domestic and family violence.

Tamworth Region Councillor Judy Coates said: “We are very proud to support TFSS in this initiative which aims to raise awareness of domestic and family violence in our community. The services TFSS provide for residents affected by this important issue in the Tamworth region are invaluable.”

The bench is complemented by a storyboard sign, which explains the initiative further and shares artwork commissioned by Bumbira Arts and Culture Program to TFSS.

“The artwork powerfully demonstrates that when we all combine forces we can strengthen, support, and unite each other to stand up against domestic violence,” said Ms Kotris.

Bumbira Arts and Culture Program provide art therapy programs for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members to help build resilience and strengthen communities. The program is run by Tamworth Local Aboriginal Lands Council.

“I would like to thank Bumbira Arts and Culture for their ongoing support of TFSS programs, where we both have shared goals,” said Ms Kotris.

TFSS operate the Women’s and Children's Crisis Refuge, Staying Home Leaving Violence (SHLV) program and Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service (WDVCAS) in the Tamworth region.

If you require support, please call TFSS at 1800 073 388 or 1800 RESPECT.

Photo: TFSS staff with Councillor Judy Coates, TFSS CEO Belinda Kotris, and Kaliela from Tamworth Local Aboriginal Lands Council (Bumbira Art and Culture Program).