2017 White Ribbon Day Walk

22/11/2017
 

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba is urging people to say ‘no’ to domestic violence by participating in this year’s White Ribbon Day Walk this Friday 24 November at 7am.
 

The event will begin at Andrew Lysaght Park (in front of the Illawarra Brewery) and proceeds along the foreshore, past the lighthouse. It will finish at JP Galvin Park, next to North Wollongong Surf Club where a free breakfast will be provided.
 

This year’s theme is ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ which focuses on remembering the lives lost as a result of domestic violence. Towards the end of the route, there will be one pair of shoes laid out to represent each life lost to domestic violence over the past 12 months.
 

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba described domestic violence as a scourge on society.
 

“It’s a well-known statistic that over 12 months, on average, one woman a week is killed in Australia by a current or former partner,” Cr Saliba said.
 

“According to White Ribbon Australia, one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. Also, domestic and family violence is the primary cause of homelessness for women and their children.
 

“These statistics are horrifying and unacceptable. Victims need to know their community is behind them and that we will not tolerate these crimes,” she said.
 

Illawarra Committee Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) Chairperson Debbie Gaudie said the White Ribbon Day Walk raised awareness and highlighted to the broader community the importance of taking a stand by saying no to domestic violence.
 

Media enquires: Kelli Wells 0448 361 008 - kelli.wells@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au 
 

Interview available on request - Anti-violence activist and researcher Kenton Bell