Hedland unites to fight family and domestic violence

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph
Officer Sophie Edwards, Amanda Egan, Robin King, Instructor Jim Stanley, Dianne Vagg, Justine Esmonde and Officer Scott Neale at the free self defence classes
Camera IconOfficer Sophie Edwards, Amanda Egan, Robin King, Instructor Jim Stanley, Dianne Vagg, Justine Esmonde and Officer Scott Neale at the free self defence classes

Hedland organisations have taken to the streets to promote the McGowan Government’s third annual 16 days of WA campaign, which aims to stop violence against women in the State.

Having started back on November 25 and running through until Human Rights Day on December 10, events such as self-defence classes, barbecues, morning teas and discussion sessions have aimed to ensure the message is well and truly shouted in Port Hedland.

In 2018, WA recorded the largest number of family and domestic violence-related homicide offences across the nation, with 37 victims.

“On average, WA Police respond to family and domestic violence-related matter every eight minutes,” Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence minister Simone McGurk said.

“Government can’t solve this issue alone, we need business, community services and individuals to join with us to change the conversation that allows violence against women to go unchallenged.”

Town of Port Hedland commissioner Fred Reibeling said it was fitting the campaign coincided with the recent March to End Family Violence.

“Building on the solidarity and strength of the 2019 March to End Violence in Families, you can support the campaign by wearing something orange, sharing the message on social media and participating in local events,” he said.

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