Seeing RED campaign on May 22 encourages Hastings residents to say no to violence

Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic Violence Committee members Holly Lawson, Leanne Rodburn, Haley McEwen, Ruth Edwards, Jami-Lee Clark, Brooke Maggs, Fiona Healey and Tianna Bailey wearing red in preparation for the Seeing Red campaign.
Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic Violence Committee members Holly Lawson, Leanne Rodburn, Haley McEwen, Ruth Edwards, Jami-Lee Clark, Brooke Maggs, Fiona Healey and Tianna Bailey wearing red in preparation for the Seeing Red campaign.

The Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) in collaboration with the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic Violence Committee are calling on all Hastings-Macleay residents to be seen, be heard and say no to violence in all relationships, by wearing red on Wednesday, May 22.

The Seeing RED campaign involves individuals, services and groups wearing red for one day to demonstrate solidarity and support to those who have experienced violence, been victimised, silenced or shamed.

The campaign is about visibility, with the colour red used as a conversation starter, designed to raise awareness on the prevalence of violence and combat myths and victim blaming.

MNCLHD Domestic Violence Prevention educator Renee Bell said the event will provide an opportunity to show recognition of the various forms of violence that can occur in all types of relationships.

"We are asking people to wear red on May 22, and share a photo on social media to show the local community that you demand a world without violence," Ms Bell said.

"Don't forget to use the hashtag #seeingred.

"Get inspired, wear a red shirt, scarf, lipstick, nail polish or wristband, or do something different with some flowers or food. Get your team together for a morning tea event or group photo."

Seeing Red is an initiative of Mid North Coast Local Health District in collaboration with the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic Violence Committee, made up of Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services, Mission Australia, NSW Police, Legal Aid, Mid North Coast Community Legal Centre, Interrelate, Centrelink and Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service.

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