Com­mu­nity fo­rum on im­pact of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Cait­lan Charles cait­lan.charles@dai­lyex­am­

DO­MES­TIC vi­o­lence is one of the big­gest is­sues fac­ing the Lower Clarence com­mu­nity ac­cord­ing to the Ma­clean and Dis­trict Neigh­bour­hood Watch.

Sec­re­tary War­ren Rack­ham said at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s reg­u­lar meet­ing ev­ery sec­ond month they were con­stantly hear­ing the im­pact that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence has on the area.

“It’s tak­ing up a lot of the po­lice’s time,” he said.

“It’s still very preva­lent in the com­mu­nity and it doesn’t seem to be dy­ing down.

Last year, the group held a suc­cess­ful fo­rum on metham­phetamine with more than 100 peo­ple turn­ing up to the Ma­clean Bowl­ing Club to hear from pro­fes­sional speak­ers.

After the suc­cess of that fo­rum, and the preva­lence of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the com­mu­nity, Neigh­bour­hood Watch has or­gan­ised a Kel­lie But­ler, from On Track Com­mu­nity Pro­grams, to ad­dress the com­mu­nity.

“She is go­ing to talk about the var­i­ous forms of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence,” Mr Rack­ham said. Along with Ms But­ler, the lo­cal po­lice will be at­tend­ing the fo­rum to give a talk on how the po­lice deal with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and how the is­sue af­fects them.

The pri­mary causes of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and what can be done to stop it will be dis­cussed.

Fol­low­ing the two talks, there will be ques­tions if time per­mits.

The talk is on at the Ma­clean Bowl­ing Club on Sun­day, Novem­ber 19 from 2-3.15pm.

The fo­rum is open to the en­tire com­mu­nity.


Ma­clean Neigh­bour­hood Watch pres­i­dent Brian Haselum and sec­re­tary War­ren Rack­ham (front).

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