Hundreds of men, women and children will march silently through the city today in the lead-up to White Ribbon Day to commemorate those who have lost their lives as a result of family and domestic violence.
Child Protection Minister Helen Morton, who will again lead the march, said between 2012 and 2013, WA Police received 46,874 reports of domestic violence.
This symbolic event, organised by the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services with support from the State Government, draws attention to the devastating impact of family and domestic violence and the sometimes fatal consequences.
“Tragically, it is estimated that up to 37,500 children witnessed this violence. It is heartbreaking so many people and their children cannot live without fear of violence,” Mrs Morton said.
“Everyone needs to speak out and challenge the use of family and domestic violence.”
White Ribbon Day on November 25 calls for men around the world to take the lead to end violence against women.
More than 500 people are expected to gather today in the Stirling Gardens to listen to guest speakers and participate in a rose-laying ceremony to remember this year’s victims of family and domestic violence, before taking to the streets in a silent demonstration through Perth.
The march coincides with the launch of a resource for journalists to guide accurate, responsible and respectful reporting of family and domestic violence.