Cessnock Walks Kawuma: Domestic violence is a cause that impacts us all

WALK FOR CHANGE: Senior Constable Kerry Killen, youth development officer Will Doran and Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent will take part in Cessnock Walks Kawuma.
WALK FOR CHANGE: Senior Constable Kerry Killen, youth development officer Will Doran and Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent will take part in Cessnock Walks Kawuma.

Momentum is building for the inaugural Cessnock Walks Kawuma, a peaceful walk to raise awareness of the impacts of domestic and family violence.

Named after the Aboriginal word for 'together', the walk will take place on Wednesday, November 20.

Will Doran, from the Cessnock Domestic and Family Violence Network, said domestic violence can have far-reaching effects across the community, even to the local economy.

"There's a perception that it only happens to other people - but this is everyone's problem, and it's up to all of us to solve it," he said.

Cessnock Police domestic violence liaison officer, Senior Constable Kerry Killen said it was necessary to raise awareness of the issue.

"Domestic violence is so prevalent right now," she said.

"And it's not just happening in intimate relationships - it can be young people, and on elders."

"Often what we need is other people to report it, because the victims are sometimes in a situation where they can't report it."

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent said the walk is an innovative event, and praised the organisers for getting local schools involved.

"The focus on young people is so important. That's where the change needs to start," he said.

The walk will start at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre at 11am (assembling from 10am) and will make its way to the TAFE grounds, where there will be food, drink, information stalls and entertainment.

Stay tuned to 'Cessnock Walks Kawuma' on Facebook for more information.

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, phone the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463.
  • If you are in immediate danger, call 000.