Ball to beat domestic violence
DOMESTIC violence affects one on five women in the Tweed Shire.
That is the shocking statistic the Tweed Domestic Violence Integrated Response Committee (TDVIRC) is aiming to reduce.
And the committee is one step closer to making this goal a reality thanks to the Tweed Heads Police White Tie Charity Ball.
The inaugural ball, held on Friday night at Twin Towns Services Club, raised money for the TDVIRC and international White Ribbon Day, which was on November 25.
One of the organisers and Tweed Police domestic violence liaison officer Louise Crossan said the ball was a big hit and they are hoping it will become an annual event.
“Usually we do a breakfast at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary,” Senior Constable Crossan said.
“I thought a ball would get a better cross section of people and we wanted to get as many people as we could there.”
More than 130 people supported the night, including representatives from Westpac Bank at Tweed City and Terranora Public School.
Snr Const Crossan said they had not counted all the money yet but added the night was a great success.
“The auction went a lot better than I thought it would,” she said.
A portion of the funds will go to the TDVIRC.
“The committee is comprised of a number of representatives from our local services,” Snr Const Crossan said.
“Instead of one group it’s a committee. That way everyone gets a say into where the money is going to go.”
The TDVIRC aims to create a more inclusive approach to combat domestic and family violence, she said.
“Instead of all the agencies working against each other,” she said.
“We’re lucky there are so many services in the Tweed.”
The TDVIRC includes representatives from Tweed Police, DoCS, Tweed Local Court, the Family Centre, Tweed Shire Women’s Service and Tweed Shire Council.