Tom Price gathers to end the violence
A White Ribbon event in Tom Price brought 50 people together to raise awareness of the need to end male violence against women.
Eastern Guruma elder Wayne Stevens gave a welcome to country and talked about ending men’s violence in Aboriginal communities.
WA shadow minister for disabilities services, mental health and child protection and White Ribbon ambassador Stephen Dawson spoke first at the lunch, followed by IBN Aboriginal Corporation chief executive and White Ribbon ambassador Tony McRae, and then Sergeant Kevin Jones of Tom Price police.
Nintirri Centre Tom Price and surrounds family and domestic counsellor and prevention/education co-ordinator Christine Charles said the White Ribbon vision for women to live without the fear of violence was an important part of her role.
“(I’m) pleased that days like today bring domestic violence out of the dark and it is now a topic that people are not afraid to speak up about,” she said. “It is time for change and to say no to violence of any kind.”
Justin Robinson and Tim Brokenshire from the Tom Price Men’s Shed led the swearing of the White Ribbon oath.
Sergeant Kevin Jones, IBN chief Tony McRae, the Nintirri Centre’s Christine Charles, elder Wayne Stevens, Nintirri Centre chief Sarah Kemp, Stephen Dawson and Shire of Ashburton councillor Peter Foster.