White Ribbon Day: Stand Up, Speak Out and Act
One in four Australian women have experienced violence at home – an unbelievable statistic but unfortunately one that’s true.
Last Friday was White Ribbon Day, and members of our State and Federal team came together to raise their voice, calling for all men in our communities to stand up and speak out towards violence against women.
Member for Page Kevin Hogan pledged his support in Lismore and implored men to do the same, Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson rallied alongside her local Domestic and Family Violence Group in Young and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall joined in Inverell’s ‘Say No to Violence’ street march on White Ribbon Day.
In the lead up, Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead visited the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter and welcomed the NSW Government’s Safer Pathway program to his electorate. “We know that having the right support in place is vital. That is why I am so pleased that victims seeking help will have tailored, multi-agency support through Safer Pathway to ensure their safety and recovery from abusive relationships,” Steve said.
The scheme reaches out to those experiencing domestic and family violence with consistent and effective response, regardless of where they live, and is part of the NSW Government’s $300 million specialist domestic violence initiatives that are being rolled out over the next four years.
The Greater Taree area ranks 41 out of 140 in NSW for the highest rate of domestic violence related assault. Stephen said with the program launching combined with community awareness of the issue, real change will occur.
“Community involvement is critical in order to reduce domestic violence of all forms. We need to work together and encourage our neighbours, family, friends, colleagues and the corporate section to all play their part in reducing the crime that is domestic violence.”
For information and support call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732.