De­tec­tive sings against vi­o­lence

The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Con­sta­ble Matt Bethune uses mu­sic to re­spond to some of the sit­u­a­tions he faces in the com­mu­nity.

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