Pledge to take a stand on vi­o­lence

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

WAROONA will be tak­ing a stand against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence for a sec­ond year, host­ing the White Rib­bon Twi­light Pledge on Novem­ber 24.

Waroona Fam­ily Sup­port Ser­vice man­ager Donna Duxbury said the in­au­gu­ral event last year was a great suc­cess with 50 peo­ple tak­ing the pledge not to con­done, stand by or per­pe­trate do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“It was suc­cess­ful last year and we’d love to see it grow,” she said.

The event is of­fi­cially reg­is­tered with the White Rib­bon Foun­da­tion and held in con­junc- tion with the Waroona Shire Coun­cil, with a num­ber of busi­nesses com­ing on board this year pro­vid­ing raf­fle prizes and sup­port.

The al­co­hol-free fam­ily event will start at 6pm at Waroona Oval with the pledge at 6.15pm fol­lowed by live entertainment, a bouncy cas­tle and face paint­ing.

A do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sur­vivor will be do­ing a talk on the need to reach out to the com­mu­nity and a mem­ber of Pat Thomas House, a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence refuge for women and chil­dren, will speak about how the com­mu­nity can help.

Ms Duxbury said in the four years the Waroona Fam­ily Sup­port ser­vice had op­er­ated, cov­er­ing the Waroona and Har­vey shires, there had been a grow­ing trend in do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“The more we re­searched, we found it was a na­tional epi­demic,” Ms Duxbury said.

Ms Duxbury said the ser­vice was part of the Peel says No To Vi­o­lence Al­liance and acted as an out­reach ser­vice for it.

Ms Duxbury said the pledge was not just aimed at men but all fam­ily mem­bers were en­cour­aged to take it.

“To com­bat it on a com­mu­nity level it’s mostly about aware­ness,” she said.

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