Police join record turn out for DV March

Emerald Police and Centacare Emerald were tickled purple this week when an unexpected record crowd showed out in support for the Anti-Violence March on May 31 to mark the end of Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month.

A record crowd of over 110 people showed up in the small country town of Emerald to take the pledge that the Central Highlands says no to domestic and family violence.

School representatives from Marist College and Emerald State High School showed amazing support for the cause.

Miss Paula Scanlan from Marist College told police how proud she was of her students from Marist College.

“The morning of the march, we had students saying they had forgotten their (permission) forms but wanted to March so bad they had asked their parents to phone in.  All of our Senior captains wouldn’t allow us to say no, they were super,” Miss Scanlan said.

Recently, Emerald has begun running the acclaimed Love Bites sessions at local High Schools and are receiving amazing feed back regarding the sessions which was clearly emphasised by the turn out of students.

Police are thrilled to see that the schools are really taking ownership of this topic, and it directly feeds from their Love Bites sessions, showing that the program really works if it can compel such passion from young adults.

Emerald Police and Centacare Emerald were also helped immensely by Central Highlands Rugby League (CHRL) who pledged a long term commitment to the cause by incorporating a Domestic Violence Round into the season every year. This year it was held on May 7 with all players wearing black arm bands in memory of the women who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. With members of CHRL and Emerald Tigers Rugby League Club taking part in the Anti-Violence March as well.

Each year the message is growing stronger and stronger and with the community support gathering speed, Emerald Police and Centacare Emerald look forward to what next year will bring!


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