The CRE Week is the week that as a community we say, #ViolenceIsNEVERok in Geraldton. The CRE Week is just one part of the wider CRE Strategic Plan that highlights the need for a community-wide approach to the primary prevention of family violence, to gather support for the prevention of family violence, and to inspire people in our community to eliminate the attitudes that support family violence in their workplaces and communities.
Anyone can support the CRE Week and say #ViolenceIsNEVEROk by attending CRE Week events at local businesses and organisations or by hosting an event that promotes a violence free community, raises awareness about the problem of family violence in our community, or engages the community in saying #ViolenceIsNEVERok.
As a business, you can also sign on to the CRE Agreement, a document that asks businesses to endorse the CRE agreed Values and Codes of Behaviour and be committed to the long term goal of eliminating family violence in our community
Event ideas your organisations could host are:
- Share a meal; breakfast, morning tea or lunch fundraiser
- Have a family violence awareness display in your waiting room or shop
- Organise a media release
- Run a positive and violence-free sporting event
- Make an organisation YouTube video
- Host a Quiz night
- Host a White Ribbon Event
- Invite a guest speaker to your workplace
- Provide educational sessions at a toolbox meeting
- Run a respectful poster competition for students
- Wear a white shirt for a day
CRE WEEK 2019
Events held for CRE week 2019, included:
- the official launch of the CRE Agreement for Businesses and Organisations
- A community walk held by headspace Geraldton
- A CRE themed play group held by Ngala, multiple morning teas and wear white days (WA Police, City of Greater Geraldton, and Bluff Point Primary School)
- Information stalls and displays (WA Country Health Service and Horizon House/STAY)
- A community breakfast at Mitchel Street Community Centre (held by Desert Blue Connect, Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, Bluff Point Primary School, Aboriginal Family Law Service, and Geraldton Sporting Aboriginal Corporation).
Almost 300 people engaged with one or more CRE week events, 219 adults and 108 children, and over 20,000 people were reached via social media about the week (partner organisation posts reached 1,777 and the Facebook ad campaign reached 18,621).
This level of engagement in the first year was very positive and a number of new events were planned for 2020, however, due to COVID-19 restrictions had to be cancelled.
The next CRE Week will be held from the 24th-28th May 2021.