Police embrace White Ribbon Day to fight domestic violence

AS DOMESTIC violence rates continue to rise across NSW, police have held community events across the region ahead of tomorrow's nationwide White Ribbon Day launch.

In the past week, hundreds of officers have asked members of the public to "take the pledge" to speak up and stamp out domestic and family violence in their communities.

Last quarter, the Central Coast and Western Sydney regions recorded some of the most disturbing domestic violence statistics in the country.

On Saturday, police took off on a cycle ride from Newcastle to raise awareness and funds for the White Ribbon campaign.

They 16km journey, which signifies the 16 day's of activism that follow tomorrow's launch, took the riders through Wiseman's Ferry and Vineyard on Sunday and will end in the troubled western suburb of Blacktown on Monday.

A welcoming committee is expected to congratulate the officers when they arrive at the Blacktown Worker's Club which is hosting the White Ribbon Day men's breakfast from 6.30am.

White Ribbon Day Ambassador, Superintendent Mark Wright, the aim of the vent was to show solidarity with an international cause and draw public awareness to the issue of domestic violence

White Ribbon Day is an international campaign which calls for an end to violence against women.

The 16-days of activism end of World Human Rights Day, Tuesday, December 10.

More information can be found at http://www.whiteribbon.org.au

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