The Lower Clarence Domestic and Family Violence team – made up various government and non government services throughout the Clarence Valley – held its White Ribbon Day function at the Yamba River market last Sunday.
White Ribbon Australia says the White Ribbon campaign runs year-long and culminates today November 25.
“Throughout the year and particularly in November, White Ribbon events are held across Australia to educate and raise awareness about men’s violence against women.”
OTCP (on-track community programs) was one of the groups at the market, where approximately 500 people signed a pledge: “I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women; this is my oath.”
OTPC’s Nicole Seccombe said the combined groups hoped to “increase awareness of domestic violence in the Clarence Valley and to encourage men to stand together against domestic violence”.
One of the local organisers of the event, Joelle Webber, who is the current Mrs Australia Universe and a ‘White Ribbon Warrior’, said this on her Facebook site: “Thank you so much to all of the people who took the pledge to stand up, speak out, and act to prevent men’s violence against women this morning!
“And thank you to the Clarence Valley domestic violence committee for organising the stall, the police and rescue services, the local parliamentary members, and the Lions Club for their support.”
CRANES Community Support Programs provided the two metre high painted white ribbon.
Representatives from NSW Police, the SES, Fire & Rescue NSW, mayor Richie Williamson and Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis were among those who attended the event.