Nelson Bay White Ribbon march

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ABOUT 70 people turned out to the Port Stephens Domestic Violence Committee’s inaugural White Ribbon march on Monday.

Residents, police, members of the committee and people from services that deal with domestic violence in Port Stephens gathered at Fly Point Park before walking along the foreshore to d’Albora Marinas.

Mr Yeo spoke about losing his daughter, Rachelle, 31, two years ago to domestic violence.

Ms Pollock recounted stories told by Port Stephens children aged 10 and under about how domestic violence impacts on their lives.

Mr Rae spoke about the facts confronting Australians about the rate of domestic violence occurring.

Following the speeches, men were encouraged to leave their mark – a painted handprint – on a banner which would be used at next year’s march.

The march was part of White Ribbon Australia’s 16 days of activism, to help highlight the issue of domestic violence.