Bid to put an end to fam­ily violence

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

A CAM­PAIGN to stop violence in Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties took cen­tre stage at an event at Crown Perth re­cently.

The Ochre Ribbon Day was launched at Crown in part­ner­ship with the Abo­rig­i­nal Fam­ily Le­gal Ser­vice (AFLS) on Fe­bru­ary 10.

AFLS chief ex­ec­u­tive Cor­rina Martin said Crown Perth was ahead of the game in its com­mit­ment to Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and em­ploy­ment in the in­dus­try.

About 200 peo­ple at­tended the event and Com­mis­sioner for Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple Colin Pet­tit, the WA Om­buds­man Chris Field and the De­part­ment of Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Emma White all par­tic­i­pated in a panel dis­cus­sion about how dif­fer­ent agen­cies could work to­gether to tackle the prob­lem.

“It is mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial for the pri­vate sec­tor, such as Crown, to be in­volved with com­mu­nity events such as the Ochre Ribbon, as fam­ily violence is ev­ery­one’s prob­lem,” Sharon Ninyette, Cor­rina Martin and Ali­cia Glee­son at the Ochre Ribbon Day. Ms Martin said.

“Many peo­ple who at­tended took the time to say thank you, said it was thought pro­vok­ing and asked how they can work to­gether in the fu­ture.

“We would like to in­clude this cam­paign on the cal­en­dar each year to raise aware­ness, work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with other or­gan­i­sa­tions and the pri­vate sec­tor to com­bat violence in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Crown Perth in­dige­nous pro­grams man­ager Sharon Ninyette said Crown Re­sorts had worked with the in­dige­nous com­mu­nity for more than seven years and em­ployed more than 640 Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple na­tion­ally, with more than 200 cur­rently em­ployed within its busi­ness.

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