A number of roads in Pakenham will be closed on Friday 22 November as community members take to the streets to march against family violence.
The 2019 March Against Violence initiative was created by Together We Can (TWC) and the Cardinia Casey Family Violence Network.
“The march is a community led response raising awareness that family violence, and all forms of violence can be stopped and prevented,” TWC collective impact facilitator Fiona Cost said.
“As we walk together, we show our united effort to support children, families and communities to feel safe so that everyone can enjoy the great place that Cardinia Shire is. Rain, hail or shine, we will be there.”
The initiative has the backing of Cardinia Shire Council who state they’re working alongside the community to reduce the high number of serious offences of family violence in the shire.
Community organisations are making a difference however the number of serious incidents reported to police is still common, with work still to be done.
It’s hoped community members will join the event to help raise awareness for the cause.
Anyone wanting to join can meet at Pakenham Hall on the corner of John and Henry Street from 11am to make their own placards and t-shirts.
The march will begin at 12pm until 12.30pm where a free barbecue and activities will be held following the event.
During the march, road closures will see John Street, Treloar Lane, Cook Drive, Station Street and Main Street affected.
Information services will be available for anyone interested in knowing more about where to go for local support or advice.
The March Against Violence is supported by Together We Can, the Cardinia Casey Family Violence Network, Cardinia Shire Council and Cleanaway.