The numbers tell a harrowing tale about domestic violence in Cabramatta.
Over the past three years police have investigated more than 700 allegations of domestic related assaults – that’s half of all police work in the local area command.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“Domestic Violence is hugely under-reported, this is not just a Cabramatta problem, its Australia's problem,” Cabramatta senior sergeant Brett Grenfell said.
“Until recent years this is a topic that has not been spoken about. Domestic Violence is a criminal offence, committed by criminals.
“We need to break the cycle of violence, encouraging our communities, families and friends to report all forms of domestic and family violence.” It’s the reason behind the command’s White Ribbon Walk on Friday, November 24.
The purpose of the walk from Cabravale Park at 9:30am to Freedom Plaza is to raise public awareness of domestic and family violence and show how police and support services can help.
At the end of the walk there will be special addresses from a range of people including White Ribbon Australia Ambassador Chris Hayes. The Fowler MP spoke in parliament recently urging all men to take the oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
“We need more of our men to stand up and say that violence against women is not acceptable. We need more men promoting and educating the community about violence against women,” he said.
“The simple fact is we do need more real men. It's not right that women live in fear, not knowing when their partner might once again lash out.
“Violence against women is real and it's happening in our neighbourhoods, in our suburbs and in our families. It involves women, no matter how successful, strong or resilient they are and no matter what their ethnic or religious backgrounds are. And most of the victims, through fear of reprisal or harm to their children, do not seek help.”
Cabramatta domestic violence officer senior constable Jones [first name withheld] said his advice to people was simple: speak up
“Don’t be afraid to report something if you hear someone is in trouble. Give us a call,” he said.
The White Ribbon Walk was officially launched on Tuesday at Cabravale Leisure Centre with artwork displays and performances from local schools including Cabramatta Public School and Canley Vale Public School.
- Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800 (24 hours).
- Child Protection Helpline: 132 111 (to report child abuse and neglect 24 hrs).
- Domestic Violence Line: 1800 656 463 (24 hours).