Grenfell says “NO”

Staff and students from Henry Lawson High School say "NO" to domestic violence. Image supplied
Staff and students from Henry Lawson High School say "NO" to domestic violence. Image supplied

The Grenfell Voices Against Violence committee held its annual White Ribbon event on Wednesday, November 21 to raise awareness of the devastating effects of domestic violence.

Elly Schiller (M) with Sergeant Michael Madgwick and DV Officer Rennai Cantwell. Image supplied

Elly Schiller (M) with Sergeant Michael Madgwick and DV Officer Rennai Cantwell. Image supplied

Community members were joined by emergency service and local health personnel, school students and special guests in a march down Main Street to the Community Hub where guest speakers Danny Jackett –  White Ribbon Ambassador, and Rennai Cantwell – Police Domestic Violence Liaison Officer spoke about White Ribbon including statistics within the Weddin Shire.

Rennai spoke about her role and discussed how local statistics have increased compared with last year. This could be a sign that more people are choosing to come forward and report domestic violence incidents.

Elly Schiller, social worker and member of Grenfell Voices Against Violence was pleased with the number of people who came along to support the local event.

“Domestic violence is not just about hitting and yelling, it is about one person trying to control another, anyone who finds themselves in a dangerous situation should contact triple 000 as help is available.” said Elly.

Grenfell Voices Against Violence members would like to thank Danny Jackett and Rennai Cantwell as as well as all those who participated in the march.

For information and support call the 24 hr Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63. If you would like to seek support locally contact Elly Schiller, Grenfell Social Worker on 6349 1777.