JEWISH communal leaders marched as one against family violence at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Monday.
Representatives from the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, Jewish Care Victoria, Maccabi Victoria, Rabbinical Council of Victoria, The AJN and others joined thousands of people at the 11th annual Walk Against Family Violence.
The aim of the walk is to raise awareness of family violence and its impact within the community, while encouraging Victorians to stand up and speak out against family violence.
Australian domestic violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, whose son was murdered by his father, spoke on her personal journey at the event. She encouraged people to speak openly about domestic violence, and assured people that their voices will be heard.
The Walk Against Family Violence was held as part of the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and White Ribbon Day.