That is why South Perth Rotaract Club is hosting a photography competition on Saturday, May 30, aiming to raise money for the White Ribbon campaign to stop violence against women.
South Perth Rotaract vice-president Ivy Willyams said she had witnessed the effects of domestic violence.
�When I was in high school, a girl I used to catch the bus with one day wasn’t there anymore � both her and her mother lost their lives to domestic violence,� Ivy said.
�Several years before this, a mate at primary school lost his mother to domestic violence and at the time I felt helpless and did not know what I could do to stop this happening to anyone else.
�I felt extremely sad and uncomfortable, but then I realised I must speak up about it and the White Ribbon campaign is a way to do that,� she said.
The ramifications of domestic violence are far- reaching, affecting children, causing homelessness, mental illness, ill health disability and death.
The White Ribbon website estimated domestic violence costs the country $15.6 billion annually.
Ms Willyams said the campaign was also about recognising the positive contribution men could make to preventing domestic violence.
According to the White Ribbon website, �building up gender equality and respectful relationships between men and women can change attitudes and prevent violence,� she said.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2012 reveals that 46.4 per cent of men have experienced violence by a male perpetrator since the age of 15.
Ms Willyams said most of the time this violence had been perpetrated by an unknown male.
�We must remember that men are also victims of domestic violence,� she said.
What: Rotaract Club of South Perth
White Ribbon Photography Competition
When: Saturday 30th May, 2015, 7pm
Where: South Perth Community Hall
Cost: $20 includes a free beverage
Photo competition closes Friday May 23
Email entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org