Women march in silence in Mandurah to say no to violence

Four-year-old Tyler Donovan holds a white cross in front of the banner just before the march takes off.
Four-year-old Tyler Donovan holds a white cross in front of the banner just before the march takes off.

A LONG parade of women marched in silence from central Mandurah to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre today to Say No to Violence.

It was the fifth march organised by Allambee and Pat Thomas House,

According to Mayor Rhys Williams, Mandurah has the highest rate of domestic violence in WA.

“I don’t know what to do about it,’’ he said.

“Everyone must contribute to its prevention and the only way to move forward is to have each other’s backs.’’

Peel Development Commission chair Paddi Creevey said 28 women were murdered this year by someone in their family.

“We must stop the violence, the cost is in the billions and just too high,’’ she said.

Dr Sue Fyfe of the Peel Says No to Violence Alliance explained how Mandurah Primary School decided to accept children who had escaped family violence and had no access to documents, which the school would find later.

She said the school had also fundraised to supply those children with school bags and uniform items.

Participants also heard from a survivor and watched the release of a cluster of white (biodegradable) balloons.