Locals come out to unite against domestic violence

Elise Van AkenGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton’s Walk Against Violence.
Camera IconGeraldton’s Walk Against Violence. Credit: Desert Blue Connect/Desert Blue Connect

Geraldton residents made a stand against family assault and homicide last week with their statement making it clear that violence is never OK.

Dozens of locals gathered at Stow Gardens on Friday morning, bearing signs while silently marching to pay tribute to victims of domestic violence.

Friday was also White Ribbon Day, which remembered those who have lost their lives to family violence in WA. WR Day aims to raise awareness and prevent violence before it starts.

In the last 12 months, 15 people have died due to domestic homicide across the State.

Family assaults in WA were up in 2019-20 to 21,425 reported instances from 19,333 in 2018-19.

Hosted by Desert Blue Connect the two-hour event included the walk, speeches from local police, the Department of Communities and Desert Blue Connect chair Luke Bayley, the laying of wreaths and flowers, a memorial paddle, a smoking ceremony and a sausage sizzle.

The event also launched the Department of Communities’ 16 Days in WA — Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which will see a range of activism activities encouraged from November 25 to December 10 to help Western Australians speak out about domestic violence.

Desert Blue Connect provides health, family violence support and counselling, sexual assault counselling, crisis accommodation for women and children, rural support services, primary prevention, health promotion and men’s community intervention services in the Mid West.

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