Lanterns send clear message on violence

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Orange lanterns were hung outside the Museum of the Great Southern to support the State Government’s 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

In 2016-17, there were 50,000 family and domestic violence incidents reported in the State.

Running from November 25-Sunday, December 10, the campaign aimed to educate, raise awareness and encourage communities to make a change.

Museum of the Great Southern regional manager Rachael Wilsher-Saa said the museum served as a visual reminder alongside other lanterns at State landmarks, including the Perth bell tower, Elizabeth Quay and Perth Arena.

“We had over 150 lanterns hung up and over 200 messages of support written and hung from the lanterns,” she said.

“Violence against women and their children has wide-ranging effects on victims and their families, on communities, and on society as a whole, and we all have a role to play in helping to eliminate violence against women.

“Unless we start to speak out and educate ourselves and others, we will not be able to move towards eliminating it in our own society.”

The campaign runs annually from November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to December 10, which is Human Rights Day.

Representatives of the local police, including Sergeant Merryn Bojcun, Senior Constable Brett Jeffrey and Senior Aboriginal Police Liaison Officer Dallas Coyne, attended the Museum on Monday, December 4, to leave their messages on the Moreton Bay fig tree.

The Women's Domestic Violence Helpline is a State-wide, 24-hour service and can be reached on 9223 1188 or free call 1800 007 339.

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