Tweed Byron police came out in support of a march against family violence that took place at Jack Evans Boat Harbour on Saturday night (February 9).
The event featured ‘Australia’s longest banner’, spanning some 210 metres, and approximately 80 to 100 marchers.
Aboriginal cultural dancers, entertainers, families and local elders all came together for a lantern parade along Wharf Street Tweed Heads to spread the message, of families taking a stand against domestic violence.
Speakers at this year’s event were predominantly men and youth community representatives, who attested to the destructive impact that violence has on the Aboriginal and wider communities.
A police spokesperson said it was ‘important to reinforce the message that everyone has a responsibility to stop violence against women and children in our community’.
The Tweed Families against Violence campaign was one of the first in Australia and showed the community’s resolve and forethought in acknowledging and speaking out against violence within the Aboriginal community.
Since 2010 the Take a Stand committee has organised culturally appropriate and relevant events to raise awareness of, and assist in, tackling violence in the Aboriginal and wider community.