Day 5: Purple benches honour victims of domestic homicide

Have you seen purple benches in your local suburb?  Purple benches honour victims of domestic homicide and raise awareness of family and domestic violence.

Take a closer look, have a sit, and reflect on those women who have died at the hands of someone they lived with and trusted.

This bench was featured in Perth Now.

POSING for a photo on this symbolic purple bench was no empty gesture for Melville councillor Karen Wheatland.

Perched prominently on Canning Highway, the otherwise unremarkable piece of Applecross street furniture was installed by the City of Melville as part of the Purple Bench Project, which aims to honour victims of domestic homicide and raise awareness of family and domestic violence.

“Everyone’s got their own experience of domestic violence in some way, shape or form; I’m a survivor of it,” Cr Wheatland said.

“I’ve been active in this space for nearly 30 years.

“It’s an issue that affects every pocket of our community … and I think the biggest perpetrator of domestic violence in the past has been denial.”