In Australia, Domestic and Family Violence is disturbingly common. It is one of the drivers of homelessness among women, children and men. Domestic and Family Violence crosses all boundaries, race, age, financial status, education, sex and the suburb you may live in.

1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner. Alarmingly, on average 1 woman a week and 1 man a month is killed by a current or former partner. (AIHW, Family Domestic and Sexual Violence Australia 2018)
Many victims of Domestic and Family Violence will never report their experience. With many incidents unreported, Domestic, and Family Violence may be much worse than we think.
The Rotary Club of Dapto saw a need to raise our Communities' awareness of this serious problem. So working with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Local Area Command, the First 2000 Days Steering Committee, local schools and Illawarra Rotary Clubs we are undertaking the following activities:
  • A walk from Koonawarra Bay Sailing Club to the bridge over Brooks Creek and back on 18 March 2023 starting at 10am.
  • Following the walk there will be presentations on domestic violence and a series of displays. 
  • There will be a food can available, music, face painting and children's activities. 
In addition to the walk we will be providing funding for two facilitators to be educated on the  ‘Love Bites’ program so they can deliver the program to local schools.

Outcome of the walk

We had a great roll up for the walk. Thank you to everyone who supported the day! Check out the photos of the walk in the photo album.
Next Friday night the 24 March@Dapto Leagues Club we are having a fun evening 'Comedy for a cause' Come and join us. all proceeds to Domestic Violence Projects in the Illawarra.