On Saturday 12 November, Barwon Community Legal Service joined staff from Bethany Community Support, Diversitat, City of Greater Geelong and a bunch of young people to stop traffic in Geelong CBD between Market Square and Westfield Shopping Centres. The group surprised unassuming shoppers with a Flash Mob dance in the street that was aimed at raising awareness about respect and healthy relationships. This Flash Mob community campaign is one of many events being run as part of the Barwon Month of Action to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women. www.monthofaction.com.au
The Flash mob was choreographed by Irene, a talented young person, and consisted of some fun and challenging dance moves that the group has been practicing in lunch breaks and at the fOrT over the last few weeks.
Jillian Chapman from Barwon Community Legal Service who coordinated the event said that “dancing in the streets to raise awareness about respect and healthy relationships is one way to tackle family violence through education. We hope that the Flash Mob will be a conversation starter for people to talk about what is a healthy relationship.”
View the Flash Mob movie…
Someone respects you when they accept that you have a right to do and say what you want. If someone treats you with respect you feel free to:
*say no to things you don’t want to do
*express your opinions and beliefs
*see other friends and family when you want
*change your mind
*end the relationship if you want to
*keep some things private – on and offline
*and you feel safe, never scared and good about yourself.
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Barwon Community Legal Service provides free legal advice on a range of issues, including family violence. We can provide legal and non-legal options for people experiencing family violence and we can also provide representation for applicants for Family Violence Intervention Orders at the Geelong and Colac Magistrates’ Court.
We also have a Social Worker to support clients experiencing family violence.
To arrange an appointment for free legal advice, please phone 1300 430 599. We provide advice over the phone and face-to-face appointments at various locations.