Detective sings against violence
SINGING detective Matt Bethune will put the spotlight on the rising tide of domestic violence in the eastern suburbs at a White Ribbon Day march in Midland on November 23.
The father of two will perform a song about the disturbing changes he witnessed over time in two child victims.
First Class Constable Bethune said Midland police frequently attended callouts to the same houses and sometimes on a monthly basis.
“The children at this particular home would have been about four and five years old when I first saw them,” he said.
“They were clearly terrified about what was going on and I would leave feeling upset.
“I didn’t see those children for some time and when I attended a callout about four years later, they were carrying on as though life was normal. It was as though they had accepted the situation.”
He said the most common police report was a ‘329’, the title of the song he recorded with Bassendean producer Peter Renzullo.
“A 329 is where there is no risk to lives or property but police need to get there quickly,” he said.
The song 329, available on iTunes, will be performed in Juniper Gardens (behind Dome) after the march. Proceeds will go to support victims of domestic violence.
Const Bethune said 329 was the last song to be completed on his first album, Resolution.
Constable Matt Bethune uses music to respond to some of the situations he faces in the community.