Res­i­dents de­mand no more vi­o­lence at event

GATH­ER­ING A SHOW OF COM­MU­NITY SUP­PORT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing What more needs to be done to help do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims?

MT Druitt res­i­dents have called for an end to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence at a spe­cial gath­er­ing in Daw­son Mall on Thurs­day.

The call fol­lows the al­leged mur­der of Kir­ralee Paepaerei, 37, who was preg­nant with a girl she was plan­ning to call Mia when she was al­legedly stabbed to death last month in the Mt Druitt unit she shared with the man charged with her mur­der, Joshua Scott Ho­mann.

The Outer West Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Net­work, the WASH House and Mt Druitt po­lice led the ser­vice, which in­cluded a minute si­lence in mem­ory of Ms Paepaerei and her un­born baby.

Man­ager of the WASH House re­source cen­tre for women in Mt Druitt, Rachel Mer­ton, said the event was held to show vic­tims and sur­vivors the sup­port avail­able to them.

She said putting an end to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence came down to chang­ing at­ti­tudes.

“A lot of us have pre­con­ceived ideas about why vi­o­lence against women oc­curs . . . it comes down to the at­ti­tudes to­wards women and the at­ti­tudes to­wards the role of men and women in so­ci­ety,” Ms Mer­ton said.

“As a com­mu­nity, we all have a role to play in chang­ing those at­ti­tudes.”

Mt Druitt Chief In­spec­tor Wayne McMa­hon said po­lice were work­ing to im­prove meth­ods in help­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims.

“Po­lice are get­ting smarter and get­ting bet­ter at help­ing . . . please bear with us,” Insp McMa­hon said.

He said a big part of the push to end do­mes­tic vi­o­lence was stop­ping it from be­ing passed on through gen­er­a­tions.

Chi­fley fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic agreed an at­ti­tude change was needed to pro­tect the area’s chil­dren.

“Chil­dren wit­ness the vi­o­lence and have this scar to carry with them,” Mr Hu­sic said.

“To have this, as a com­mu­nity, go­ing on is wrong on so many lev­els.”

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla and Lon­don­derry state La­bor MP Prue Carr spoke of the need for more women refuges, run by women-only for women.

Ms Carr de­scribed do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as “a na­tional cri­sis.”

“Sixty-eight women in Aus­tralia in 2015 have been killed at the hand of some­one who loved them,” Ms Carr said.

“That anger brings us here . . . it brings us to­gether to say, ‘no we are not go­ing to have this in Aus­tralia’.”

Pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

Ari Roberts per­forms her song

in trib­ute to Kir­ralee Paepaerei at the WASH House gath­er­ing in Daw­son Mall.

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