Wear red on Wednesday, May 20 and say no to violence

Residents of the Hastings-Macleay region are encouraged to wear red and promote #seeingred on Wednesday 20 May to say no to violence in all relationships.

The annual Seeing RED campaign is an initiative of the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) in collaboration with the Port Macquarie Hastings Domestic Violence Committee.

Individuals, services, businesses and community groups are asked to wear a splash of red, take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtag #seeingred.

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

MNCLHD Domestic Violence Prevention Educator Renee Bell said the Seeing Red campaign provided an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity and support to those who have experienced violence, been victimised, silenced or shamed.

"Whether you're working from home or in the workplace on Wednesday 20 May, share a photo of yourself or your team (socially distancing of course!) wearing red to show the local community that you demand a world without violence," Ms Bell said.

"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 an online meeting and share a screenshot with the hashtag #seeingred."

Liberty Domestic and Family Violence Specialist Services will co-host a Seeing Red Facebook event to bring the community together online on the day and share information and resources on how to recognise and respond to domestic and family violence. Join the event at www.facebook.com/events/692818431534445/

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, Women's Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service, Disability Advocacy and NSW Community Corrections.

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