Police officer raises awareness
IT is a job which breaks the heart of even the most hardened police officer: A domestic violence callout.
A call to an out-of-control situation where invariably women or children are on the receiving end of a beating from someone who “loves” them.
But Warwick Police Sergeant Shane Reid believes it is more than a police issue and yesterday he set out to raise local awareness of violence on the home front.
The dedicated local officer launched Queensland's first White Ribbon Campaign calling on our businesses and organisations to sport a symbolic sticker in support of eliminating domestic violence.
“Domestic violence is one of our most common and most dangerous call outs as police officers,” he explained.
“The white ribbon campaign says as a community we won't tolerate this violence against women and children.”
More than 10 local businesses have added their weight to the campaign he kicked off with the Warwick's Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy Group and White Ribbon Queensland.
“At least 350 local vehicles from prime movers to taxis and emergency service and council vehicles will sport a white ribbon sticker for November,” Sgt Reid said.
WDFVPSG chair Bette Bonney said the campaign sent a vital message to victims of violence that they were not alone.
If you need help with domestic violence issues call 1800811811.
White ribbon day November 25 is the United Nations International Day for the elimination of violence against women.
Support the initiative by putting a white ribbon sticker on your car or in your shop.
For details call 46604444.