Real men join anti-violence campaign

From police superintendents, former footballers and politicians to musicians, Commonwealth Bank and Department of Education staff, men of all backgrounds to join the fight against domestic violence on Friday.

More than 100 men attended the inaugural Men’s Industry White Ribbon breakfast in Rooty Hill.

Outer West Domestic Violence Network secretary Catherine White hopes the breakfast will become an annual event.

‘‘The guest speaker Jay Little had a powerful and confronting message,’’ Ms White said.

‘‘They got an understanding of the impact domestic violence has on the workplace.’’

It leads up to 16 Days of Activism Against Violence starting Sunday, which coincides with White Ribbon Day.

About 25000 white ribbons will be distributed across Blacktown local government area later this week at railway stations, Bunnings, Dawson Mall and the Rotary markets at Ropes Crossing this Sunday.

Lanterns for Peace will be held at Mount Druitt Pool on December 7, 6pm-8.30pm to mark Stop Domestic Violence Day. 

There’s free entry and a sausage sizzle, jumping castle, fairy floss and a children’s disco.

Guests will make laterns to float in a moving ceremony to remember victims those have lost their lives to domestic violence.

Anyone experiencing or knows someone experiencing domestic or family violence should call the 24-hour number 1800 656 463. In an emergency call triple-0.

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