New white ribbons have been placed on vehicles from leading companies and groups.
New white ribbons have been placed on vehicles from leading companies and groups. Erin Smith

Groups sending the white message against violence

WHAT started as a community awareness project in Warwick three years ago has become a state-wide project to put a stop to violence against women.

Led by Warwick Police Sergeant Shane Reid, emergency service representatives and other businesses in Warwick placed white ribbon stickers on the front of their vehicles.

"I started the project in Warwick three years ago," he said.

"Now we have over 5000 vehicles with stickers around the state."

Sgt Reid said there were three reasons behind the program.

"The first is to raise awareness," he said.

"Point two is to encourage people to report incidents of violence. The third is to reduce the number of domestic violence incidents."

The stickers will remain on the vehicles throughout November.

This year there are eight business and community groups taking part in the program: police, ambulance, firefighters, Frasers Livestock Transport, Wickham Freight Lines, Yellow Cabs, Southern Downs Regional Council and Brodrick Transport.

The official day for the stop violence against women campaign, known as White Ribbon Day, is November 25.

For more information about White Ribbon Day head to whiteribbon.org.au.



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