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No Bystanders swear at Eastland
Members from CFA’s Eastern Metropolitan Region have joined the campaign to stop violence against women by taking part in a White Ribbon flash mob, which was led by Victoria Police recently.
The event was hosted by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay at Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood and was themed ‘No Bystanders’, which encouraged the community to speak out about violence against women.
Watch the flash mob dance and swearing of the oath here.
CFA Eastern Metropolitan Region Community Safety Manager Tammy Garrett said it was great to see the community come together for the cause, with emergency services, schools, armed forces, local council staff, church groups and other support agencies all taking part.
“It was amazing to see so many organisations, agencies and community members involved in supporting the message of stopping violence against women,” she said.
“Following the dance, Mr Lay then read out the White Ribbon Oath: I swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women this is my oath. During this reading, all audience members raised their right hand and repeated the words – it was very moving.”
Tammy was joined by fellow CFA members, Chief Officer Euan Ferguson – an ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign – Eastern Metropolitan Regional Director Dave Baker and volunteers from South Warrandyte brigade.
Each week a woman is killed by her partner or ex-partner and during 2012-13, more than 60,000 women in Victoria alone, reported family violence to police.
Tammy said the statistics highlighted the importance of raising awareness for the White Ribbon cause and that the campaign to stop violence against women was everyone’s responsibility.
To further support the cause, CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson will host an event at CFA Headquarters in East Burwood at 10.00am on White Ribbon Day, Monday 25 November.
To find out more about White Ribbon, visit www.whiteribbon.org.au
You can also read a blog from Chief Commissioner Lay on the Victoria Police News website.