Men step up to end violence

THIS Friday, the men of Liverpool will take an oath to stop violence against women.

To mark White Ribbon Day, they will meet at Miller Square from 10.30am —1pm.

One in every three families living in the Liverpool local government area will experience some form of family violence. 

A further one in five will become victims of some form of sexual violence during their lifetime.

The Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre and police officers from the Green Valley local area command have invited local organisations and community members to take part in the My Oath campaign event.

White Ribbon ambassador and event organiser Jimmy Mtashar said this was an important cause to support.

‘‘Violence against women and their children cost the Australian economy $13.6 billion in 2009, and unless appropriate action is taken to prevent violence, that sum will increase to $15.6 billion per year by 2021,’’ he said.

‘‘By supporting Liverpool’s White Ribbon campaign, you will be joining us on the path of prevention and change.’’

Mr Mtashar said it was important to be aware that violence was not just a physical act, it could also include the non-physical acts of emotional, verbal and financial abuse, sexual discrimination and forced isolation.

Fowler MP Chris Hayes will be the key speaker.

Details: whiteribbon.org.au/myoath.

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