Business support White Ribbon Day

SEVERAL Dubbo businesses attended a special barbecue at the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre (DNC), showing support for White Ribbon Day.

For the remainder of the week, four posters emblazoned with powerful messages used to stop violence against women and children will be displayed around the DNC.

While the centre's community barbecues are regularly held once a month, this one was extra special because every man in attendance pinned a white ribbon to their clothes as a pledge to end the domestic violence.

Aboriginal family heath worker Jimmy Forrest said men had to be made aware of the shocking statistics of violence against women and children.

"About 90 per cent of domestic violence is caused by men and only they can take control of their lives and help stop the violence," he said.

"We held this barbecue to rally the community together against this powerful thing because violence against women and children is just not on."

Local organisations like Mission Australia, Dubbo City Council and NSW Health all had representatives attend the free event, with many others showing their support.

The posters read statements like, "Us kids see it all, don't you know?", and "Say no, get an AVO", signifying the message the DNC are trying to send out to the community.

The posters were designed by 'Love Bites', an initiative by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), which is based on the best practice standards for education programs as recommended by the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse.

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