The Nowra Domestic Violence White Ribbon committee is preparing for an important event.
They are screening a documentary about men who have committed or are at risk of committing family violence.
Local White Ribbon ambassador, Peter Kenworthy, said conversations about family violence, in all its forms, was something the community needed.
“It (family violence) might not be happening in your house, but it could be in a neighbour’s house or your daughter, sister, mother or grandmother might be a victim,” he said.
“This documentary shows that change is not only possible but is necessary for our families, communities and workplaces to be free from violence and abuse.”
The informative Call Me Dad documentary will be shown at the Roxy Cinema, Nowra on Wednesday, August 29 at 6pm until 8pm.
It’s a free event, but tickets are required and are available at https://www.trybooking.com/XHAL and pizza will be supplied on the night.
Mr Kenworthy hopes the documentary will get conversations going.
“The issue of family and domestic violence continues to be very concerning for all Australians, especially in the Shoalhaven region,” Mr Kenworthy said.
“Call Me Dad is a confronting documentary about three men who have perpetrated family and domestic violence.
“It follows their stories as they are challenged about their attitudes and behaviours towards the people they love.
“In particular it addresses the consequences of family and domestic violence on their children and how the men attempt a deep and lasting change in a Men’s Behaviour Change program.”
Fellow White Ribbon ambassador Matthew Armitage wants the documentary to educate people.
“There is something in it for both dynamics - those who have and those who have not been in these situations,” Mr Armitage said.
Mr Armitage would love to see teachers with their students attend the event.
Call Me Dad is recommended viewing for people over 15-years of age.
Meanwhile, Mr Kenworthy said the date of the showing was significant.
“The documentary was chosen by the Nowra Domestic Violence Committee’s White Ribbon Working Party to coincide with Father’s Day this year,” he said.
“The committee sees this event as an opportunity to have some honest and open conversations about men using abuse and violence in the home and how we can safely intervene as an active bystander and play an important role in addressing family and domestic violence.”
The event is sponsored by Armitage Security and catering is provided by Domino’s Pizza Nowra.
The function is a White Ribbon Event and this documentary is endorsed by White Ribbon association
For any questions, please contact the event organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org