Com­mu­nity marches in si­lence against vi­o­lence

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Katan­ning com­mu­nity marched in si­lence last Fri­day to raise aware­ness of men’s vi­o­lence against women for White Rib­bon Day.

More than 40 peo­ple marched from Katan­ning town square to un­veil a pur­ple bench, made in hon­our of all do­mes­tic homi­cide vic­tims in WA.

Katan­ning Angli­care so­cial worker Ann Gor­don said the event was a timely re­minder of the ef­fect of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence on the com­mu­nity.

“We marched in si­lence to raise aware­ness of men’s vi­o­lence against women on day,” she said. “So it was re­ally great to see the amount of men who ral­lied to­gether with us to sup­port the cause.

“We then un­veiled the pur ple bench to re­mem­ber all the vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence — male or fe­male.

“It’s im­por­tant to know how real do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is be­cause there has been 28 peo­ple killed by do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in WA this year alone.”

Ms Gor­don said she would like to thank Katan­ning Men’s Shed for putting to­gether and do­nat­ing the pur­ple bench for the com­mu­nity of Katan­ning.

She said she hoped the bench could shine a light on an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant is­sue.

Kim­ber­ley At­twell and Les­ley Jones take part in rais­ing aware­ness of vi­o­lence against women.

The pur­ple bench to hon­our do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims.

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