Leaders take strong stance against domestic violence

OUT IN NUMBERS: Wagga police officers join Wagga residents in the name of White Ribbon day at the Wagga Women’s Health Centre.

OUT IN NUMBERS: Wagga police officers join Wagga residents in the name of White Ribbon day at the Wagga Women’s Health Centre.

Community leaders and passionate residents came out in droves yesterday to take a stand against domestic violence.  

Wagga Women’s Health Centre (WWHC) was one of many local groups which hosted a White Ribbon day event and honoured the 68 Australian women who lost their lives to domestic violence this year.

Acting Inspector and White Ribbon ambassador Phil Malligan, who addressed the crowd gathered outside the WWHC, said educating young people and setting good examples were key to curbing domestic violence.

“It's really important that from a young age children are taught that any violence against a woman or a child is not acceptable,” Acting Inspector Malligan said.

“It's important that males role models take a stand through educating others and participating in events like White Ribbon day.”

Wagga Women’s Health Centre manager Gail Meyer said holding the event at the WWHC was a reminder that help is always available.

“We’re putting across the message that there are safe places to go to and that we as a community want to be safer,” Ms Meyer said.

Police within the Wagga Wagga Local Area Command attend to between 9 and 14 reports of domestic violence incidents per day.

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