Giving a voice to the victims

THE abuse of women in the community is often hidden, but victims of violence are being given a chance to safely tell their stories.

November’s White Ribbon Day event at King George Gardens will feature cardboard cut-outs of women containing anonymous stories of domestic violence.

Event organiser, Sergeant Damien Loiterton of Wangaratta police, said these stories will allow the public to understand the extent of domestic violence occurring in the community.

“That’s what it’s all about, empowering women and having an opportunity for women to get heard,” he said.

The most recent police statistics showed a 30.2 per cent increase in domestic violence in Wangaratta over the past 12 months, which family violence officer, Sergeant John Huntington, said equals about 50 police callouts per month.

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