Between 40 and 50 people attended a moving street theatre event presented by the Restore Our Refuge Troupers in Taree's Fotheringham Park on November 1.
The event marked the tragic loss of 45 women's lives in Australia to male violence, to date, in 2019. The name of each of the victims was read out and a floral tribute was laid to mark their loss.
Among the gathering were four academics, one from Macquarie University and three from Sydney University, including a professor.
The Restore Our Refuge group is calling for the Liberal/National Party governments, both State and Federal to dump the "flawed and failed" policies they have implemented since 2014.
It also calls for urgent legislation to enshrine the safety of women and children at risk of harm, even death, at the hands of violent, controlling males.
The group's focus is solely on women and children as, Leonie McGuire (Edna Ryan award recipient 2018) explained, they are statistically the people most suffering from domestic violence and its traumatic and often fatal consequences.
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