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Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation has become a White Ribbon Day Supporter by signing up to the ‘Hume Preventing Violence Against Women and Children Charter’. Signatories to the charter pledge to take action against family violence in their own community. Chair Sally Gamble and Executive Officer Pat Claridge were joined by a number of dads and children who witnessed the signing in the presence of White Ribbon Day Ambassador, Benalla Health’s Neil Stott.

Research by the Australian Institute of Criminology shows that children who are involved in violent family incidents often later suffer mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The research also indicates that children who experience family violence may themselves become aggressive, struggle to maintain friendships and have difficulties with their schooling.

“We must ensure that Benalla’s children are able to grow and thrive in a safe, inclusive and supportive environment,’ Ms Claridge said. “Tomorrow Today Foundation is committed to pursuing this through our work with families and children in the Benalla community.”

Benalla Ensign – April 1 2015