Guest speaker Amani Haydar with Mayor Khal Asfour (above) at the launch of the Canterbury-Bankstown Says No to Domestic Violence campaign.
A YOUNG Chester Hill woman has shared her own harrowing story at last week's launch of the Canterbury-Bankstown Says No to Domestic Violence campaign.
"In March 2015, my mother was murdered in her home by my father," Amani Haydar said.
The launch, which took place at Bankstown Women's Health Centre on International Women's Day, included the unveiling of the first of 14 banners to be displayed across Canterbury Bankstown.
The banners were created by the Canterbury Bankstown Domestic Violence Liaison Committee and are aimed at changing perceptions around domestic violence. They also feature the domestic violence hotline phone number.
Ms Haydar says initiatives like the banners are vital in preventing other families suffering like her family.
"Eighty women lost their lives to violence in the year I lost my mother," Ms Haydar said.
"It's time we break the cycle of domestic violence. We need to show our community, domestic violence and abuse is not a private matter. We need to hold offenders accountable and challenge their attitudes. And, victims need to know they can be safe."
Mayor Khal Asfour says statistics show there is a decline of four per cent drop in the number of reported incidents of domestics violence in Canterbury Bankstown over the past five years.
"However, while it means the hard work of the council, police and community groups in educating local residents is working, we still have a long way to go. Until there are no cases of domestic violence in our city, there will always be more work to do."
The Canterbury Bankstown Domestic Violence Service Directory is also available at cbdvsd.com.au
For more information about the Canterbury-Bankstown Says No to Domestic Violence campaign, contact the council's Community Safety and Crime Prevention Officer on 9707 9471.