White Ribbon Day: Police walk side-by-side with marchers

About 200 campaigners marched in Midland for White Ribbon Day. Pic: David Baylis d446665
About 200 campaigners marched in Midland for White Ribbon Day. Pic: David Baylis d446665

A BAND of blue wove through an orderly crowd of more than 200 people in Midland taking part in today�s White Ribbon Day march to stop violence against women.

Central Metropolitan Police District Superintendent Kim Massam led officers to support a cause close their hearts.

Supt Massam said his officers were there to demonstrate unity and support, and to walk alongside those affected by violence and support service representatives.

Volunteers from Midland Polytechnic West marshalled the event.

Several campaigners with banners calling for people to �break the silence, end the violence� were rewarded with toots of support from passing motorists.

Supt Massam gave the first address following a rousing welcome to country by Ingrid Cumming in Juniper Gardens.

He described violence against women as a hideous scourge and he urged everyone to make a stand.

District officers have attended 44,000 violence-related incidents in the home this year, with 80 per cent in the Midland area.

�We must treat victims with the empathy and the respect we would give our own family,� he said.

More words and pictures in the Hills Gazette on Friday.