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White Ribbon Day

Wednesday, 25th November, 2009

The city's police chief has become a White Ribbon Day Ambassador.

Barrier Local Area Command Superintendent Ian Dickson has joined NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione and other high profile men to pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Superintendent Dickson and his city colleagues will wear white ribbons for today's White Ribbon Day to show solidarity with an international cause. Police said statistics indicate that 40 per cent of all reported assaults are domestic violence related. They said evidence suggested domestic violence was under-reported in NSW. Supt Dickson said White Ribbon Day should be supported by everyone. "There is no excuse for violence against women or any form of domestic or family violence," he said.

"The wearing of a ribbon is a small gesture by police but sends an important message to the community it serves - that police do not tolerate any form of violence against women, particularly domestic violence that usually remains hidden behind closed doors. "Each day police deal with domestic violence incidents, and see firsthand the impact and harm upon individuals, families and the wider community, including children. "Police are committed to investigating all forms of domestic violence and bringing offenders to justice." White Ribbon Day is the start of the 16 Days of Activism - an international campaign to stop gender violence. It ends on World Human Rights Day December 10. A dinner at the Astra this evening will mark White Ribbon Day. The cost will be $44 and will include entertainment by guitarist Graham Byrne, with Justice Shane Marshall, a Melbourne High Court Judge, the guest speaker. Those interested in attending may phone Narelle Blows 8087 2053 or 0407 378 699.

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