Hammering home awareness of domestic violence

LEAVING A SCAR: Sergeant Damien Loiterton spent the past two days talking to people on Reid Street about the problem of domestic violence. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

DOMESTIC violence leaves both physical and mental scars, with one in three women becoming a victim at some point in their lives.

Wangaratta police’s White Ribbon ambassador, Sergeant Damien Loiterton, demonstrated this fact on Reid Street over the past two days when he set up a fence and provided a hammer and nails for the public to try out and see the scar they leave behind.

The fence was inspired by a story about a boy who hammered a nail into a fence every time he felt anger, then pulled one out every day he managed to hold his temper until there was finally no nails left.

“It won’t matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry’, the wound is still there,” the story reads.

White Ribbon Day is held on November 25 each year, but Sgt Loiterton said the focus needs to be on the big issue of domestic violence throughout the year.

“It’s about discussion, getting people talking about it,” he said.

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