Rais­ing funds for vi­tal cause

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

DO­MES­TIC vi­o­lence against women claims the life of one woman ev­ery year.

That is why South Perth Ro­taract Club is host­ing a photography com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day, May 30, aim­ing to raise money for the White Rib­bon cam­paign to stop vi­o­lence against women.

South Perth Ro­taract vice-pres­i­dent Ivy Willyams said she had wit­nessed the ef­fects of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“When I was in high school, a girl I used to catch the bus with one day wasn't there any­more – both her and her mother lost their lives to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” Ivy said.

“Sev­eral years be­fore this, a mate at pri­mary school lost his mother to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and at the time I felt help­less and did not know what I could do to stop this hap­pen­ing to any­one else.

“I felt ex­tremely sad and un­com­fort­able, but then I re­alised I must speak up about it and the White Rib­bon cam­paign is a way to do that,” she said.

The ram­i­fi­ca­tions of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence are far­reach­ing, af­fect­ing chil­dren, caus­ing home­less­ness, men­tal ill­ness, ill health dis­abil­ity and death.

The White Rib­bon web­site es­ti­mated do­mes­tic vi­o­lence costs the coun­try $15.6 bil­lion an­nu­ally.

Ms Willyams said the

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