The City held a Freedom from Fear event in partnership with Rockingham parkrun where the runners and spectators wore orange to show their support for bringing an end to violence.
Community members joined Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin in writing their commitment to saying no to family and domestic violence in our community on the Freedom from Fear Wall.
“We all value a community where all families feel respected and safe and we need your help to take the problem from out behind closed doors,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.
“Domestic violence continues to be one of the most complex and prevalent social problems in our community today. The number of reported incidents in the Rockingham area has increased by 40% in the past two years. And it’s not just women and children; men and people in same-sex relationships can also be victims.
“Violence is never okay and we want people to know there is support out there for them and someone who will not only listen, but act on their behalf.”
Entertainment was provided by the Sambanistas at the event and free coffee was supplied by Cafe2U and a free breakfast courtesy of the Rockingham Lions Club.
The 1800 RESPECT line provides support and information for people living with all types of relationship abuse or violence at home. Call 1800 737 732.