Convoy to take stand against domestic violence

Say no to domestic violence: Some of the people who will take part in this year's White Ribbon Day Convoy in Campbelltown.
Say no to domestic violence: Some of the people who will take part in this year's White Ribbon Day Convoy in Campbelltown.

Several Campbelltown-based organisations will take a very public stand in an effort to target a crime that often occurs privately behind closed doors.

The annual White Ribbon Day Convoy will hit local streets on Friday, November 24 to raise awareness and to reinforce the message that domestic violence is never acceptable.

Macquarie Fields police’s Senior Constable David Blom said the prevalence of domestic violence required a “holistic community approach”.

“Devastatingly over 12 months, on average one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence,” he said.

“Murder is at the pointy end of a broad spectrum of violence against women – a spectrum that encompasses financial, verbal, emotional, psychological, physical and sexual abuse, as well as workplace harassment.

“They all form part of a devastating cycle of violence.

“We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable.

“People need to know that they can make a difference but bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a holistic community approach.”

A large contingent of the community has already got behind this year’s event through sponsorship and support.

They include Ingleburn RSL Club, Campbelltown Catholic Club, Wests Tigers, Minto Marketplace, Hysense Property Services, Macarthur Family and Youth Services, Youth Off the Streets and the NSW Rural Fire Service – to name a few.

Break the Cycle Glenquarie jumped at the chance to get involved with the convoy this year.

“I’m delighted to be part of this amazing event,” the organisation’s Reverend David Ould – also the head of Glenquarie Anglican Church said.

“At Break the Cycle we’re passionate about driving out violence, supporting victims and working with offenders.

“It’s been a real privilege to work with Macquarie Fields police and other local organisations. Their commitment to this issue is outstanding and we’re looking forward to having a great day together when the convoy rolls.”

Macquarie Fields Acting Superintendent Craig Ireland said domestic violence offences certainly weren’t uncommon in the local area command.

“It ranks up there in terms of the percentage of time officers dedicate to it,” he said.

Both Campbelltown and Macquarie Fields police have a large pool of resources used to target domestic violence.

That includes officers who are solely dedicated to domestic violence related offences.

This year there will be two convoys. The south convoy will start from Apex Park, Bradbury while the north convoy will start at Glenquarie Town Centre. Both will begin at 9am and will make several stops along the way to their final destination – Campbelltown Sports Stadium at 1pm.

The convoy will also aim to set a record for the largest number of White Ribbon oaths taken while at the stadium.

Senior Constable Blom said it wasn’t too late to get involved with this year’s convoy.

For more information contact Senior Constable Blom on 9605 0745 or email blom1dav@police.nsw.gov.au.