What’s Up Down Under?
Albany White Ribbon Campaign; 2015 The Albany event is now run by a community group, the Albany Family and Domestic Violence Action Group, who are also pressing for more effective interventions for male offenders of FDV.
Thanks to Anglicare and Victoria Cooke, Allan also presented at the semi-annual “Great Southern Conference”, along with members of the Anglicare team, community activists, and state officials.
The Annual Silent March to End Domestic and Family Violence; 2015 More participants than ever attended the Annual Silent March in Perth, organized by the Women’s Council of W.A. The purpose of the march is to acknowledge those who died in the last year in the context of domestic and family violence. Fourteen people died in the past year in West Australia: nine women, two men, and three infants.
Aboriginal elder Doolan-Leisha and her husband Walter delivered a powerful welcome to the country and their grandson, Samuel, opened and closed the welcome with awe-inspiring playing of the didgeridoo.
Angela Hartwig, who will be speaking at Dignity2016 in Duncan B.C., delivered a stirring call to end woman blaming, provide meaningful interventions with offenders, and implement more effective social responses in state organizations. Allan spoke after Angela on many of the same themes.
As the silent procession wound through downtown Perth, many people joined and returned to the legislature park. Here are some photos of the march from the Women’s Council.