Cabramatta Walk Against Domestic Violence to be held on November 20

Fairfield City Police Area Command Acting Commander Superintendent Daniel Sykes speaks to Cabramatta High School students at the Walk Against Domestic Violence launch on Monday at Cabravale Leisure Centre. Picture: Chris Lane
Fairfield City Police Area Command Acting Commander Superintendent Daniel Sykes speaks to Cabramatta High School students at the Walk Against Domestic Violence launch on Monday at Cabravale Leisure Centre. Picture: Chris Lane

Fairfield City Police Area Command Crime Coordinator Senior Sergeant Brett Grenfell said stopping domestic violence is not a "quick fix."

It's why schools remain a focal point of the annual Walk Against Domestic Violence. The fifth installment of the Cabramatta walk will be held on Wednesday, November 20.

Former NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione will be a guest speaker at the event which starts at Cabravale Memorial Park and ends at Freedom Plaza.

The walk, which is expected to draw 1500 participants, is being coordinated by the Cabramatta Domestic Violence Committee which includes the police, local schools and Fairfield Council.

"What the students have been doing the last couple of months is creating art and writing poetry to better understand what domestic violence is and knowing they don't have to put up with it at home," Senior Sergeant Grenfell said.

"People grow up with it and think it is normal; not knowing it is not normal to have your loved ones assault you.

"This is not a quick fix. It's going to be a generational change so that's why we have our local primary and high schools on board to educate the next generation."

Senior Sergeant Grenfell said it is estimated up to 50 per cent of their work is domestic violence related.

"And we still believe domestic violence is well under-reported in this area," he told the Champion at the launch of the Cabramatta Walk Against Domestic Violence on Monday which featured performances from Canley Vale and Cabramatta Public Schools.

"We want to make sure people are aware of their rights and to report any domestic violence to us.

"Our advice to people experiencing domestic violence is to speak to someone - even if it's not a police officer. It could be a friend or Bonnie Support Services. Just talk to someone. That will initially help and then they can decide if they want to take the next step to report it."

  • To take part in the walk meet at Cabravale Memorial Park at 9am on November 20. There will performances from school students and information stalls will be set up to provide details about local domestic violence related services.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. The service is open 24/7. Bonnie's: 02 9729 0939.