Take action over domestic violence epidemic

AFTER a huge campaign to drive down gender-based violence in the lead up to Christmas (pictured), Auburn police are reminding the community that it is a crime and have encouraged victims to come forward to seek support and bystanders to speak up.

The internationally recognised ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence’ campaign was held across the state during November and December, and with the support of Granville Rotary, helped raise awareness of the issue through a number of community activities including a large community gathering at Auburn Central where community services including Department of Housing, Services NSW, Salvation Army, Gallipoli Mosque, ADSI workers, CASS, Bunnings, Freedom for Humanity, Lions Club and Cumberland Council, came together to hold information stands, while guest speakers Kylie Sharp (domestic violence survivor) and Anna Ruth (Freedom for Humanity) provided an insight into their journey.
NSW Police Corporate Spokesperson for Domestic and Family Violence, Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith said domestic and family violence was an epidemic in the community, and “it’s one that needs to be everyone’s business and not kept behind closed doors”.
For help, call 1800 65 64 63, 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Mens Line Australia, 1300 78 99 78.