STAND UP: White Ribbon Day campaigners Michelle Thomas and Swathi Totha.
STAND UP: White Ribbon Day campaigners Michelle Thomas and Swathi Totha. Claudia Jambor

Coffs stands against violence

LOCAL social services are rallying together today to promote White Ribbon Day, the national day advocating against violence towards women.

White Ribbon Day is the world's only male-led campaign working to raise awareness and promote change within social attitudes and behaviours among certain men.

Swathi Thota, a domestic and family violence project officer with Anglicare North Coast, said it was pleasing to see an increasing number of men from across the Coffs Coast taking part in the national day.

"It's very good along the Coffs Coast, we've seen many men come forward and become advocates and ambassadors for White Ribbon Day," she said.

"I think it's a very good platform to create awareness about domestic violence and violence against women, we're hoping that we will get a lot of men participate on the day, take the oath and encourage other men to do the same."

Federal Minister for Human Services Stuart Robert said White Ribbon Day also provided an important opportunity to highlight the support services available through the Department of Human Services.

"The Department of Human Services is often the first point of contact for people experiencing family and domestic violence," he said.

"Specialist staff are well equipped to quickly identify customers at risk and provide them with information, resources and support.

"Now, the Department is rolling out training across its 34,000 strong workforce so all staff are better able to identify where someone - customer or colleague - may need this kind of help."

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, call the national family and domestic counselling service on 1800 RESPECT.

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