Dan McCormack believes men hold the key to breaking Australia’s cycle of domestic violence.
‘Breaking the chain’ was the theme of domestic violence awareness event, One Billion Rising, held at Nirimba TAFE this week.
More than 100 people turned out at Quakers Hill for the inaugural event.
Mr McCormack said he regularly saw the effects of household violence in his community. He helped organise Tuesday’s event alongside WASH House’s Josephine Rechichi.
“Through my studies I realised that we as men impact on our environment so much,” he said.
“If men don’t stand up and say this is wrong, how is it every going to change?”
When it comes to his passion for ending domestic violence, the Shalvey resident wears his heart on his sleeve. He has a white ribbon tattooed on his left arm.
“I think it’s one of the biggest causes we have in our community,” he said.
“It’s hard not to be passionate about this cause when I see it every day.
“It’s easy for some men to brush it off and say, ‘I don’t do it, it’s not my problem’. I think it’s the ones who don’t do it who need to take more responsibility to get this message out there.”
Ms Rechichi said she was buoyed with the response from the community.
“We are really happy with the turnout, it gives us a great platform to build on for next year,” Ms Rechichi said.
“Events like this help build momentum towards the goal of putting an end to household violence.
“Holding the event at a uni or TAFE is important too as it gets the next generation involved. They are the ones who will have a real opportunity to make a change.”
A range of services including WASH House, Mission Australia, Bernados, Platform Youth, SydWest, Ability Links and Hawkesbury Council Services also offered support through information stalls at the event.