There Is No Place In Society For Violence Against Women & Children

There Is No Place In Society For Violence Against Women & Children

Western Australia Minister for Child Protection Robyn McSweeney

Minister Walks in Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March

Victor P Taffa

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney will tomorrow morning lead women, men and children to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March in Perth.

The annual event raises awareness of the women and children across Australia, killed by a family member or partner as a result of family domestic violence.

“The issue of family domestic violence affects and touches everyone in our community and it is tragic to know that since the last march, there have been 15 deaths in Western Australia alone, as a result of family and domestic violence.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“Although this figure is a reduction on the number from the previous year, any death through family and domestic violence is unacceptable.”



The Minister said that in 2009, she launched WA’s Strategic Plan for Family and Domestic Violence which focused on creating better interagency responses, improved safety for victims and programs to help perpetrators with their abusive behaviour.

Other initiatives, including improved high-risk case management between Government and community sector agencies and building on the co-location partnership between WA Police and the Department for Child Protection, were working to assist families experiencing domestic violence.

“With departmental staff co-located at Police Stations in all 17 of the State’s Child Protection districts, more timely responses and greater levels of care at incidents involving vulnerable children are provided.” the Minister said.

“Another successful initiative the Safe at Home Program has seen the perpetrator removed from the home, allowing a minimal disruption to family members.”

Mrs. McSweeney said the Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March was an important prelude to Amnesty International’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and White Ribbon Day being marked on November 25 each year.