THE Douglas community banded together to condemn the domestic violence scourge sweeping the Far North at the annual White Ribbon Walk in Mossman yesterday.
Local police, residents and community agencies marched down Front Street at 5.30pm to raise awareness about violence against women.
It comes after 52 female silhouette figures were displayed outside the Mossman Courthouse to signify the number of women killed every week in Australia by a partner or ex-partner.
Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu said this was terrible statistic that hit home for those living in the Far North.
“I am proud to say that the Douglas community has rallied and will continue to push to bring to an end to abuse or violence committed against women,” she said.
Douglas Shire Council has adopted a functional brief that set out the gaps in current services and identified the facility needed to address the domestic and family violence issue in the region.
The document revealed 64 domestic violence applications were made in Mossman and 28 in Port Douglas during the 2015-16 financial year. These orders were contravened 78 times.
Mayor Leu said the overwhelming support strengthened calls for a domestic violence shelter in Mossman.
“The reality is Douglas Shire has one of the worst rates of domestic violence in Queensland,” she said,
“We need to break the tragic cycle of domestic violence with a dedicated refuge for victims.”
The annual White Ribbon campaign seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate men’s violence against women.
Funds raised will help support primary prevention initiatives.
Local police escorted marchers along Front Street to St David’s Church located in Foxton Avenue.
Once at the Church grounds, participants heard from guest speakers and enjoyed some light entertainment and refreshments
If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000
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