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3 - Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Spreading the message of respect
Campaign creator Alisa Draskovic with one of the new singlets designed to promote respect.
Kimberley Le Lievre
What do you call a sleeveless blue
undershirt? Not a wife beater,
according to a new Canberra
The this is not a wife beater''
movement is aimed at challenging
the ingrained language and attitude
around domestic violence.
Alisa Draskovic, 24, came up
with the idea when she was a
student at the Australian National
University in 2013.
(The campaign is set to be re-
launched to the wider community
on August 11.)
contributing to that growing
awareness of domestic violence but
also having that local element and
hoping people will see they can
play a role," Ms Draskovic said.
Blue singlets are the focus of the
Typically called wife-beaters,
Ms Draskovic is inviting the
community to wear their support
with a singlet printed with the word
"Calling it a wife-beater is just
seen as a joke and funny but
actually it's not," she said.
"This is something that people
experience and it's incredibly
The way we talk about it and
the way we think about it and how
we respond goes on to contribute to
the broader culture of it."
When she was 18, the hidden
issue of domestic violence was
highlighted for Ms Draskovic when
she started working at the Domestic
Violence Crisis Service.
"I've spoken to hundreds of
women in our community that have
experienced it, that have been
seeking help, that just wanted
someone to talk to," she said.
Ultimately, Ms Draskovic hopes
to end domestic violence.
However, changing the way
people talk about and view the
problem is a first step.
"For a lot of people I've spoken
to about this campaign, they've had
this click moment where it's like,
why do I call this navy singlet a
wife beater? It is talking about
violence against women. How have
I not considered that more
"I think it's really powerful that
it gets people to reflect on their own
assumptions, and their own
behaviour, which in fact informs
this broader culture that enables
domestic violence," she said.
"Ultimately, the singlet says
respecter. It's drawing attention to a
We can all get behind the fact
domestic violence is not ok but
what are we going to do about it?
We can counter it by promoting
respect,'' Ms Draskovic said.
Visit thisisnawb.com.au for
further information or to purchase a
Residents continue battle to save historic duplexes
Narrabundah residents are pushing
on in their fight to save four double-
story brick duplexes on Boolimba
Crescent from demolition.
The 1949 duplexes are public
housing and the government plans
to replace them with nine units.
The community felt completely
disregarded by the government's
lack of consultation about
integrating more community
housing or the potential loss of
historic buildings, Old
Narrabundah Community Council
chairman John Keeley said.
Along with a nomination for the
sites to be included in the ACT
Heritage Register, he said a petition
which garnered close to 300
signatures would soon be tabled in
the Legislative Assembly and call
on the Minister for Housing to
withdraw development approval.
"As a community we think
they're worth saving," he said.
"It all comes down to if we can
get the buildings to at least be
reviewed for heritage listing it will
put the bulldozers on hold."
Narrabundah architect Stan
Bevanda said contrary to the
government's policy of spreading
public housing, the government's
redevelopment proposal would
create an ACT Housing cluster in
the suburb that already had one of
the highest representations of ACT
Housing in Canberra.
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