Com­mu­nity re­jects do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Pil­bara com­mu­nity ser­vice providers and com­mu­nity mem­bers turned out in sol­i­dar­ity against the do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence at White Rib­bon Day last Fri­day.

White Rib­bon Day, also known as In­ter­na­tional Day for the Elim­i­na­tion of Vi­o­lence against Women, is a recog­nised day for all peo­ple to re­flect on the prob­lem of do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence and how to work to­gether to pre­vent and re­spond to it.

In Kar­ratha, about 50 peo­ple gath­ered for a morn­ing tea at the Sal­va­tion Army Kar­ratha Hall.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Mis­sion Aus­tralia, Kar­ratha po­lice and the Department for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port spoke about their agen­cies’ work, and a guest speaker who had ex­pe­ri­enced do­mes­tic vi­o­lence gave wit­ness to the harm it caused and the need for so­cial at­ti­tudes to change.

Nine­teen white roses and 19 can­dles were dis­played at the front of the room in recog­ni­tion of the 19 women who had lost their lives from do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the past year.

Mis­sion Aus­tralia fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence co-or­di­nated re­sponse pro­gram worker Laura Gre­gory said there was a greater need than ever for aware­ness of White Rib­bon Day with the num­ber of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents be­ing re­ported to her Pil­bara of­fice “ex­tremely high” and dou­ble on last year’s re­sult.

“While it’s not known in the wider com­mu­nity that so much vi­o­lence is oc­cur­ring, the com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions are aware of it,” she said.

In Tom Price, the Nin­tirri Cen­tre in part­ner­ship with lo­cal agen­cies held a com­mu­nity march from the Vil­lage Green to Bird Park, end­ing in speeches and a White Rib­bon pledge.

Nin­tirri chief executive James Jarvis said with 40-50 at­ten­dees from a cross-sec­tion of the com­mu­nity, about half male, the event sent a “pow­er­ful mes­sage” that “vi­o­lence against women and girls is un­ac­cept­able”.

Peo­ple flee­ing vi­o­lence can call Kar­ratha Women’s Refuge on 9185 2807 or Pil­bara Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vice on 9185 5899.

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