Purple bench honors victims of domestic homicide
Published on 05 August 2020
This week saw the unveiling of a purple bench in Victoria Park, as part of the Purple Bench Project, and serves to honour victims of domestic homicide.
Coinciding with Homelessness Week, the bench aims to raise awareness of family and domestic violence as the leading cause of homelessness in WA.
Unacceptably, the South East Metro region has the highest rates of family and domestic violence in Perth.
The purple bench is a reminder of these sobering facts and an opportunity for our community to confront this important issue.
The installation of the bench at 269 Albany Highway, Victoria Park is the result of a partnership between the Town of Victoria Park, Women’s Council WA, Department of Communities and the Healthy Relationships Strategy Group.
The location of the bench is directly adjacent the Department of Communities (Housing) Victoria Park office, a place where many families escaping domestic violence turn to. It also marks the first ‘bus stop’ purple bench in Western Australia.