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DV forum in Maclean

Sergeant Mick Eaton addressed the Domestic Violence Forum, which was put on by the Maclean Neighbourhood Watch, at the Maclean Bowling Club on Sunday afternoon. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Lynne Mowbray

Around 35 people attended a Domestic Violence forum which was presented by the Maclean Neighbourhood Watch, on Sunday afternoon at the Maclean Bowling Club.

Sergeant Mick Eaton from Maclean police addressed those attending and spoke about domestic violence issues within our community.

Sgt Eaton said that the police deal with an average of four domestic violence issues in the Lower River, every week.

Sgt Eaton explained that domestic violence is not just physical, it’s also psychological.

At the end of his talk, Sgt Eaton addressed questions from the floor.

Guest speaker Kellie Butler from Clarence River Women’s Refuge spoke in depth on domestic violence issues, whilst answering questions from the floor.

Ms Butler said that we all play a part in the culture of acceptance of violence of women within our society that is demonstrated worldwide.

“Whether you have committed some of this yourself, know of someone who does or stayed silent as a witness, we all have an obligation to speak up, speak out and support our society in challenging the gender stereotyping that often underpins acceptance of these behaviours,” said Ms Butler.

“Together we can create a community of ethics that motivates everyone to be involved in challenging and interrupting all forms of violence and abuse.

“Together we can promote a climate and mindset within the valley and beyond in which attitudes, beliefs and behaviours that are unacceptable, uncool and unwelcome in our communities are openly challenged.

“If we stand together, we can be the change we want to see.”

Representatives from domestic violence support groups will attend the White Ribbon Day [which raises awareness of domestic violence], at the Yamba River Markets, at Ford Park, Yamba from 8am – 2pm this Saturday.

For assistance in an emergency call 000

Police Assistance Line 131 444

Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463

On Track Community Programs OTCP 1300 355 305 – available 24/7