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Brodie's Law to help stamp out bullying

Speaking in Shepparton yesterday, Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark has said it is up to the community to help stamp out bullying by reporting it to the authorities.

RIAHN SMITH November 24, 2012 4:58am

Attorney-General Robert Clark says Brodie's Law will help stamp out bullying.


Goulburn Valley residents have been urged to take a zero-tolerance approach to bullying as part of a Victoria-wide campaign to raise awareness of Brodie’s Law.

The law, which made serious bullying a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 years in jail, was introduced almost 18 months ago after the suicide of Melbourne woman Brodie Panlock.

The 19-year-old died in 2006 after experiencing ‘‘relentless physical and mental abuse’’ at her workplace.

The campaign will see information about bullying and bullying laws distributed to more than 8000 schools, workplaces and police stations across Victoria.

Speaking at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE in Shepparton yesterday, Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark said identifying, stopping and, ideally, preventing bullying was a community-wide responsibility.

‘‘It’s one thing to have a law on the statute books, but it’s important that people know that the law is there,’’ Mr Clark said.

‘‘Everyone is entitled to be safe in our community and no-one should be forced to endure the fear and degradation of bullying. Authorities rely on information from the community to stamp out bullying, so if you or someone you know is being bullied, report it.’’

Department of Justice Hume regional director John Duck said the region welcomed the campaign.

‘‘It’s a learning for all of us about what can, and what shouldn’t, happen inside schools and inside workplaces,’’ Mr Duck said.

‘‘I think the message is clear that bullying of any level is not acceptable in our society ... and that respectful relationships, whether they be in school, workplaces or out in the general community is what we should be aiming for.’’

‘‘This is just one step in ensuring that everyone understands that.’’

 

For help or information, phone Suicide Helpline Victoria on 1300651251or Lifeline on 131114.

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