Domestic violence advocates have vowed to carry on the awareness work in Wagga, following the announcement of that one of the nation's pinnacle charities in the sphere has folded.
White Ribbon, the organisation in charge of promoting domestic violence prevention strategies and programs around Australia, announced its liquidation on Thursday.
Its annual awareness campaign against gender-based violence was observed each year in Wagga on November 22.
A prominent advocate for change mayor Greg Conkey expressed his sadness at the demise of the organisation.
"We're not a White Ribbon city, but we had always supported the cause," Mayor Conkey said.
"White Ribbon has played a significant role in building awareness, not only here but all over [the nation].
"It's disappointing to hear it's gone into receivership, [because] domestic violence is not going away if anything it's on the increase.
"It's not only women that are affected, but it also's children, and it's overwhelmingly men who kill women and children and that I find appalling, I cannot understand it at all."
In response to the demise of White Ribbon, Wagga's principal domestic violence advocates at St Vincent de Paul's reiterated the mayor's comments, directing commitment to the promotion of further awareness.
"Violence against women and their children is a major issue in Wagga, as it is across NSW and Australia," a spokesperson for St Vincent de Paul said.
"Vinnies offers support and referrals for women experiencing domestic violence through our local services including the Micah Hub and Ozanam Learning Centre.
"We welcome people needing assistance to call us on 13 18 12."
Over the past year, Wagga City Council has joined a partnership with various family violence support agencies around the city, including the Women's Health Centre, which has been the principal supporter of White Ribbon Day.
Commissioned as part of the organisation's DV Project: 2650, a survey found last year the Wagga still lags behind the rest of the nation in terms of its attitudes regarding the place of women in society.
"Since I became mayor three years ago, I have been a strong advocate for awareness on domestic violence, as we know in this city we have a low awareness of it," Mayor Conkey said.
"We, in particular men, need to stand up and say we won't condone this, no way."
Recognising the issue as a plague on society, Mayor Conkey said much of the city's resources are being used to address the ongoing gender inadequacies.
"It's not just a court or police situation, it's a whole community issue that needs a whole community measure," he said.
"Frankly, we need more education, and maybe that means we need to better target younger males, at a school level.
"A lot of work is being done already, but it's just a shame that rates are still remaining so high."
It is now up to the initiative of local groups and organisations to pick up the awareness campaign now in the absence of White Ribbon Day, said Mayor Conkey.
"As a society, we need to continue the campaign," he said.
"It will be interesting to see what can be done here on a local level, it's still early days though until we know the full impact [of White Ribbon's departure]."