Uniting against domestic violence

27 Nov, 2017

Bagpipes and drums were heard echoing around Midland, heralding the advance of more 250 people marching to help stop domestic violence.

Led by the WA Police Pipe Band, the 2017 Midland March That Matters drew plenty of attention from onlookers, and demonstrated the strong voices from all walks of life united against domestic violence.

A local detective, Matt Bethune, performed a song he had written, inspired by the hardships both victims and police officers encounter when dealing with domestic violence issues. The song ‘329’ is available on iTunes, with all proceeds donated to RAWA’s Family Abuse Integrated Response (FAIR) program.

Other guest speakers at the event included a survivor of domestic abuse, who has attended our FAIR program, Aboriginal elder Di Ryder and Andrea Taylor from Koolkuna.

A traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country opened the event, to cleanse the area and ward off bad spirits. After the march everyone was treated to a well-earned sausage sizzle.

Relationships Australia’s Midland Branch Manager Kristy Darnborough said the annual Midland March That Matters is a way to encourage all members of our community to support this campaign and stand together in solidarity to support women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

“Men’s violence against women and children takes a profound and long term toll on women and children’s health and wellbeing, on families, communities, and on society as a whole.”

“The march is an opportunity to show people who have been affected by domestic violence they are not alone and will highlight resources and services available to help."

Domestic and family violence has long term implications for everyone involved, including children. Children who grow up experiencing forms of violence in the home are more likely to perform poorly at school and may take on negative ideas about themselves.

White Ribbon Day is a time to grow our communities’ awareness of domestic violence, its significant consequences and the role we all have to play in this campaign.

The march is organised by the North-East Metro White Ribbon Day Committee, which is comprised of representatives from local community service organisations including Midland Women’s Health Care Place, Centrecare, Relationships Australia, Youth Care, KoolkunaIndigo Junction, WA Police, Department of Communities and Swan View Primary School.

The City of Swan, Midland Supa IGA, and the Australian Services Union also supported the march.

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