Cafs re-signs as a partner of the CoRE Alliance

On Monday 15th November Cafs CEO, Wendy Sturgess officially re-signed as an Alliance Partner of the CoRE Alliance.

CoRE Alliance is a partnership of organisations, businesses, clubs and groups who share a vision for safe, equal and respectful communities in the Grampians region and it was introduced in 2016 by Women’s Health Grampians.

News details

Time & date

Monday 15th November, 2pm

Cafs re-signs as a Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance Partner.


CoRE Alliance is a partnership of organisations, businesses, clubs and groups who share a vision for safe, equal and respectful communities in the Grampians region and it was introduced in 2016 by Women’s Health Grampians.


Present for the signing included:

  • Hilary Pope – Secretary, White Ribbon Ballarat Inc
  • Marianne Hendron – CEO, Women’s Health Grampians
  • Wendy Sturgess – CEO, Cafs
  • Tracey  Golder – Family Violence Team Leader, Cafs
  • Jade Hately – Chairperson, White Ribbon Victorica



Event summary

“In the lead to White Ribbon Day (Fri, Nov 15th) and the United Nations 16 Days of Activism, Cafs felt it was important to, again, commit ourselves to the CoRE Regional Plan.
Cafs believes that the responsibility for family violence always rests with the person using violence and our Men’s Behaviour Change Program is our unwavering commitment to eliminating family violence and supporting the safety of families.” – Wendy Sturgess, Cafs CEO


“CoRE members commit to the CoRE Regional Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children and take proactive and meaningful steps to promote gender equality. Cafs (Child and Family Services, Ballarat) have been a proud CoRE member since its inception in 2016 and WHG is delighted Cafs have recommitted to CoRE. This demonstrates Cafs ongoing and continued prioritisation for these issues are WHG looks forward to continuing to support Cafs on their journey for equality and inclusion.” – Marianne Hendron, CEO, Women’s Health Grampians


“We also acknowledge the timing of this recommitment in the lead up to the United Nations international campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence – which takes place each year from 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) until 10 December (International Human Rights Day). This initiative engages the community in conversation, encourages change, and mobilises action to work towards a future where everyone is safe, equal and respected.” – Marianne Hendron, CEO, Women’s Health Grampians


We stand in solidarity with every woman victim of family violence and are very grateful to align our support with Cafs who continue to provide tremendous support and resources to the prevention of violence against women. – Jade Hateley, White Ribbon Ballarat and Victoria

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