IT’S a simple message: Don’t stand by and do nothing.
And, Commander Hunter Valley Local Area Command (LAC) Superintendent Steve Clarke reinforced that missive during a special White Ribbon Day ceremony at Muswellbrook on Monday morning.
The inaugural March Against Violence left the police station and ventured to the Muswellbrook Library for a minute’s silence and the opening of the Love Bites art exhibition.
“Today’s walk reinforces our stance against domestic violence (DV),” Superintendent Clarke said.
“Given the amount of crimes still in the community where women, in particular, are subjected to DV, it’s extremely important all the agencies come together, show support for our victims out there and make sure we stop the violence.”
On average, one woman is killed every week in Australia by domestic violence.
“These [White Ribbon] events, no matter what size or scale, are an opportunity for Australian men to pledge their determination to act in all instances where disrespect and violence against women occurs,” White Ribbon CEO Libby Davies said.
“It is critical that all men understand that they are individually responsible for starting important conversations and act to raise awareness with their peers, as these are conversations which could be lifesaving.”