‘March Against Domestic Violence’ held in Glenwood

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Harman Foundation hosted the ‘March against Domestic Violence’ at Alwyn Lindfield Reserve in Glenwood on December 17, 2017.

The event was held to remember Harjit Kaur, who was stabbed by her husband in her Glenwood home in March of this year and Parminder Kaur, 32, who died after being doused in petrol and set alight in front of her Rouse Hill home in 2013. These have been two tragic cases that have happened in the Punjabi community in Western Sydney however in Australia on an average at least one woman every week is killed by her partner or former partner. The theme of the event was #PressForProgess2018 in an effort to bring awareness and eradicate domestic violence.

Elected members of Blacktown City Council attended including Councillor Susai Benjamin, Councillor Chris Quilkey, Councillor Julie Griffiths and Councillor Moninder Singh. Councillor Griffiths recounted her own experience being a child of domestic violence, her father being abusive to her mother during her younger years. Councillor Quilkey mentioned the importance of support services for men with a propensity to engage in abuse and violence.

Superintendent Robert Critchlow from the Hills LAC (Castle Hill Police station) who speaks out regularly in opposition of domestic violence emphasised reaching out to the Police as a first point of contact.

Director Harinder Kaur from Harman Foundation emphasised the need for DV victims to speak up and reach for support and help before it gets too late. She said that community should work together. Harman Foundation is currently helping women in DV by providing 24×7 helpline, outsourcing case management and establish a safe home for those who really need time out from their current situations. Harman Foundation’s partner community organisations were also present including the Australian Sikh Association, SydWest, Blacktown Girls and women’s centre, Blacktown and Relationships Australia NSW.

After a minute of silence to commemorate Parminder Kaur and Harjit Kaur, over 40 attendees marched around the oval against domestic violence. We thank all those who attended. Finally we lend our support and love to the victims and children of domestic violence everywhere.

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