Letter to the editor

July 26, 2017

Awareness and education crucial

I write to congratulate the Tatura Rotary Club on their recent ‘‘Club of the Year’’ award and commend their continued support of White Ribbon Day, as reported in The Guardian on July18.

I very much concur with Bill Purcell’s characterisation of family violence as an ‘‘insidious disease’’ and agree that awareness and education are two important steps towards a cure.

In addition, I believe an ‘‘if you see something, say something’’ approach is equally important.

Whether you confront the perpetrator (if safe to do so), offer support to the person experiencing the abuse, speak to local services or make an anonymous report to 000 — the more light we shine on violent and unacceptable behaviour, the safer our community will be.

— Andrew Bock, Euroa

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