Cities pledge to end domestic violence

Ellie Honeybone, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

A landmark pledge to end domestic violence was signed on Thursday at the City of Rockingham by Mayor Barry Sammels, Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and WA Police Sergeant Paul Trimble.

Cr Sammels said he wanted victims to know they were not alone.

"We are not accepting domestic violence, the community is not accepting domestic violence and we want victims to know they do not have to accept domestic violence either," he said.

"This may be a symbolic, shared gesture by us but to the victims it is a gesture of support and it is another important way to raise awareness about how we respond to seeing or hearing domestic violence taking place."

Cr Adams said there were statistics that showed a high number of domestic violence incidents in the Rockingham area and victims needed to know there were agencies out there for people to go to for help.

"As local government authorities, we will do anything to highlight the fact that domestic violence is not on and we hope to educate people on the different forms of abuse, whether it be physical, mental or emotional," she said.

Cr Sammels said the City was inviting locals to drop in to the main administration building or local libraries and sign the pledge until Monday.

"The City will also offer white ribbons for sale at the admin building and libraries, with all proceeds raised going to the local women's refuge," he said.

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