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White Ribbon Day 2012 (1)

November 22, 2012

25 November 2012 was observed across the country as White Ribbon Day.

Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, was the key note speaker at the Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre White Ribbon Day event held at Miller Square last Friday.

He joined Detective Superintendent James Johnson of the Green Valley Local Area Command, a number of local service providers and entertainers to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence.

"Although we have come far as a nation, the prevalence of domestic violence within our communities remains alarmingly high".

"Statistically, Australian women have a one in three chance of becoming victims of violence while one in five is likely to become a victim of sexual violence".

"In addition to the physical and emotional consequences that often last through generations, domestic violence is highly costly to the community and our nation, Mr Hayes said".

The Liverpool Local Area Command has responded to 2079 incidents of domestic violence so far this year which represents a substantial proportion of the reported crime. The Green Valley LAC responded to close to 1500.

The economic cost of domestic violence is likely to reach $15.6 billion by 2021 should current trends continue.

"We must come together as a community, particularly here in South West Sydney were domestic violence is particularly common, to protect the victims and challenge attitudes that allow violence to continue.

"As a proud White Ribbon Ambassador, I ask all men to join me and take the oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women" Mr Hayes.