The White Ribbon gathering at the Jetty foreshores on Thursday evening. One of the ambassadors, Advocate GM Craig Frost, is pictured at right in the back row.
The White Ribbon gathering at the Jetty foreshores on Thursday evening. One of the ambassadors, Advocate GM Craig Frost, is pictured at right in the back row. Rob Wright

Men swear off violence

IT’S a major problem on the Coffs Coast and bringing it out in the open is a big part of the battle.

Domestic violence was in the spotlight on Thursday during International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, or White Ribbon Day, and local agencies joined forces to promote awareness about this growing issue. A big part of the local police caseload deals with domestic violence and we’re among the top regional centres in NSW for the number of incidents reported.

“Today is aimed at getting information into the public arena,” said John Reynolds from the Coffs Coast Against Domestic And Family Violence Committee.

“We’re pleased White Ribbon Day coincided with the Thursday Growers’ Markets in Coffs Harbour where our stall has helped us to raise awareness about family violence and violence against women.

“We’re about providing assistance if you know someone in a violent relationship or if you are yourself in distress. We have the resources to help the situation.”

Mr Reynolds said the Domestic Violence Help Line – 1800 656 463 – was being distributed widely throughout the community during the campaign.

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Coffs Harbour organised a mass swearing ceremony on Thursday evening to co-incide with White Ribbon Day. Men from all walks of life were encouraged to swear or pledge to stop violence against women in a ceremony at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores.

Since 1991, more than 2000 organisations in 154 countries have participated in the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.



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