White Ribbon Day campaigners marched on Friday to acknowledge the women who have been killed this year as a result of domestic violence.
Orange High School’s year 12 school captains, Housing Plus representatives and Central West Police District officers led the march from Anson Street Arcade to the library.
From the roof of the library, Member for Orange Philip Donato told the crowds he was ashamed of the number of women who had been killed, before White Ribbon ambassador Gerald Power invited the group to take the White Ribbon oath.
"I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men's violence against women,” Mr Power said.
Following the oath, a group of female volunteers took part in a silent protest, which saw them lay down beside a white ribbon painted on the grass, to represent the women who have been murdered in Australia this year.
Protester Kath Logan said she’d joined the march to show her support for the women who had lived through violence.
She said domestic violence affects nearly all Australians and she wants to see harsher penalties imposed against the men who commit the crimes.
Domestic violence effects nearly all Australians and the sentencing in NSW is manifestly inadequateKath Logan
“The sentencing in NSW is manifestly inadequate. Men who kill their female partner receive inadequate consequences compared to other people who murder,” she said.
Housing Plus coordinator Rochelle Monaghan said domestic violence is a problem everywhere.
“It’s not just Orange – it’s an international problem,” she said.
Mrs Monaghan thanked the women and men who had come out in the cold weather to support the cause.
“It’s time for Orange to stand up and say no to violence against women," she said.
While campaigners in Orange prepared to take part in the march, it was reported that the number for women killed this year in Australian had risen once again.
On the eve of White Ribbon Day, Emily Miller, a mother of four children was found dead in her home in Geelong, making her the 63rd woman killed this year.
Orange police station, Officer in Charge, Chief Inspector Peter Atkins urged the public to report domestic violence.
“If you witness domestic violence, or if you've noticed the behaviour of a family member, friend or colleague has changed, or if you have concerns for the welfare of someone in your neighborhood, please pick up the phone and report that information to Crime Stoppers,” he said.
Chief Inspector Atkins said officers from across the Central West Police District wore white ribbons to remind the community there is no excuse for domestic violence.
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