White Ribbon committee gets conversations going

Members of the Nowra Domestic Violence White Ribbon committee believe their attempts to get more open discussion on family violence is working.

The group recently hosted a screening of a documentary, at the Roxy Theatre, about men who have committed or are at risk of committing family violence.

Over 40 people attended the screening and local White Ribbon ambassador, Peter Kenworthy, said the night was positive.

“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.

Mr Kenworthy said the documentary got conversations going.

“The issue of family and domestic violence continues to be concerning for all Australians, especially in the Shoalhaven region,” Mr Kenworthy said.

The local White Ribbon ambassador would also be happy with the latest domestic violence crime statistics.

According to the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) domestic violence-related assaults fell in the past 12 months.

The number of domestic violence related assaults fell from 367 in the previous financial year to 348 offences in the latest period, while non-domestic violence-related assaults also fell from 416 to 404 offences.

Meanwhile, the White Ribbon Committee has already started its next project.

The committee, in conjunction White Ribbon Day, had organised a  school video competition.

Nowra Anglican College,  St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra Christian School and Nowra Public School are participating.

Meanwhile, this year’s White Ribbon Day will be on Friday November 23. 

The White Ribbon campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls.