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This is a shout out to everybody out there concerned about the impact of domestic violence on our community.

It’s an issue that has remained in the dark for too long.

Tony Buti MLA and Deputy Premier Roger Cook MLA are again turning the spotlight on the tragedy that is domestic violence. In 2017, they will be joined by leading business and employee representatives in a united stand against domestic violence.

The group of prominent Perth business people, lawyers and union officials will participate in the Ride Against Domestic Violence cycling event leaving Busselton on Saturday, May 27 and finishing at McCallum Park in Victoria Park on May 28.

Things will kick off with an informal dinner in Busselton prior to the big ride.  A cocktail fundraiser will also be held prior to the ride on Thursday 6 April from 6-8pm, where you can mingle with the riders and support crew while having a few cocktails.

Tickets for the cocktail fundraiser can be bought here.

Along the way the group will be raising money to help the victims of domestic violence in the region as well as heightening public awareness.  You can now Donate right here on the website!

All net profits from the Ride Against Domestic Violence will go to five womens refuges to help victims at Starick Services, South West Refuge, Tuart House (Communicare), Pat Thomas House and Zonta House.

Riders are horrified by statistics which show that an average of two women a week are killed by an “intimate” partner in Australia.

In Western Australia, 156 women have died from family violence in the past decade. The number of reportable family violence assaults in Western Australia increased by almost 77 per cent between 2009 and 2014. Women and children are overwhelmingly the victims of this kind of violence. Even allowing for an increased readiness of victims to report family violence assaults, we have a crisis and emergency on our hands.

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