TAKING THE PLEDGE: Charles Sturt University students Emily Salisbury, Tilly Gobbe, Ruby Tonkin and Sophie Burgoyne took the pledge against domestic violence yesterday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 030916pviolenceAS part of this week’s International Women’s Day celebrations, students from Charles Sturt University have joined with the community to make a pledge againstdomestic violence.
The Bathurst Says No To Domestic Violence campaign had a booth set up at CSU this week, where students, staff and members of the public were able to make their pledge against the problem.
Sarkis Achmar, who is part of the safety committee at Bathurst Regional Council, which supports the initiative, said the idea was to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence and ultimately work on eliminating “the disease”.
He said many students had signed the pledge during O Week, and more signatures were collected yesterday.
Mr Achmar said the initiative aimed to connect different community groups so they could tackle the issue together.
“Public education is very important. We want people to know this is something that shouldn’t be hidden away,” he said.
“We want to gather support and let people know there are great support servicesavailable in Bathurst for victims.”
Mr Achmar said he hoped many more people would take the pledge, “like” the Facebook site and share it, so as many people as possible could be reached.
“The more people who support the idea and spread the word, the better the result will be,” he said.
Those who have yet to make the pledge can do so online.
Go to the Facebook page Bathurst Says No To Domestic Violence and follow theinstructions for pledging support.
Victims of domestic violence can getsupport through the Domestic Violence Hotline, 1800 65 64 63.
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