Charity taking awareness of domestic violence to the street

MARCH PLANNED: Melanie White, Jenny Davis, Gabby Grant and Gemma Cooper from Liberty from Violence.
MARCH PLANNED: Melanie White, Jenny Davis, Gabby Grant and Gemma Cooper from Liberty from Violence.

A Wagga charity dedicated to raising awareness of domestic violence is taking its campaign to the streets.

Liberty from Violence will hold a march down Baylis Street on Thursday, November 9, and has already received backing from Wagga City Council, Wagga police, Kapooka Army Base, RAAF Base Wagga, NSW Ambulance, schools, sporting clubs and community organisations.

“This march will draw the community together to raise funds and assist victims and their families to escape and rebuild their lives,” Jenny Davis from Liberty from Violence said.

Our mission is to break the cycle of violence by helping families escape and not have to return.” 

The Kapooka band will lead the march and some of those taking part will be carrying white crosses, one for each of the women who has died this year due to domestic violence.

Didgeridoo players and a traditional welcome to country will also be featured.

Wagga Mayor Greg Conkey, senior police officers and military personnel will be attending.

The march is the latest effort for Liberty from Violence, a charity that has grown from a single act of kindness.

Ms Davis and her fellow Mercure hotel employees decided, as a one-off, they would donate Christmas presents to children living in emergency accommodation.

The staff did indeed donate the gifts, but that one-off turned into plans for a second collection, and Liberty from Violence began.

The Christmas collection is now supported by giving trees in cafes, and gift cards are as welcome as presents for children, and Easter eggs and Mother’s Day gifts are also handed out.

Liberty from Violence has added a swag of other services, from emergency packs of personal items and gift cards to assistance with travel and furniture.