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Shout ‘no’ to domestic violence this Friday
An event at Murray Bridge’s sound shell will raise awareness of a serious issue and encourage men to take a stand against it.
If you’re willing to take a public stand against domestic violence, you’ll get an opportunity in Murray Bridge this Friday.
An annual White Ribbon Day event will be held in the sound shell at Edwards Square from 11am.
Hundreds of people are expected to march around the city’s central business district as a visible demonstration of their opposition to violence.
Men will then be invited to take an oath promising to stand up, speak out and act to prevent other men's violence against women and children; and to shout “no” together.
A free community barbecue will follow.
Murray Bridge Library team leader Tim Law said the White Ribbon movement was about creating an Australia in which all women and children were safe.
“On average, one woman every week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia,” he said.
“Eighty-five per cent of women have been sexually harassed, and one in five women has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
“White Ribbon recognises that men can also be victims of domestic violence, and this is also not okay; (on) the majority of occasions, though, it is women and children who suffer.”
He encouraged everyone to attend, but especially men – “domestic violence is predominantly a men’s issue which needs to have men involved in the solution.”
The event will be supported by the Murray Bridge council and Murraylands Domestic Violence Awareness Group.
Get help: Call the Domestic Violence Crisis Line on 1800 800 098, or Murray Mallee Adelaide Hills Domestic Violence Service on 8215 6320; visit the Haven at Murray Bridge Community Centre between 9am and 4pm on weekdays, or the DVINA Centre on Standen Street between 10am and 5pm Monday to Saturday; or, in an emergency, dial 000.
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