Driving Out Violence convoy sets off to fight gender-based violence

At 9am this morning many residents across Macarthur were settling in to the work day, but the Driving Out Violence convoy members were getting ready to shine a light on an important issue.

The convoy made up of emergency service personnel, domestic violence services and community members travelled across the Campbelltown region to raise awareness about the fight against gender-based violence.

Campbelltown Council teamed up with local domestic violence support services, police and local businesses to hold the event which kicked off at Wests Leagues Club this morning.

Wests got behind the initiative by providing each member of the convoy a breakfast pack including a piece of fruit, fresh muffin, water and juice before sending them off on their journey around Campbelltown.

A Wests spokeswoman said they decided to support the convoy this year as part of the club's commitment to helping put an end to family and domestic violence in the community.

"Wests has a strong position against family and domestic violence, and abides by a set principles that underpin our organisation's response to family and domestic violence including a workplace charter that promotes a positive work culture, support for our staff, access to information on entitlements, policies and process in place to ensure our staff remain safe, access to services and leave as well as access a dedicated club contact officer," she said.

"Campbelltown LGA continues to have one of the highest rates of domestic violence in Sydney, and therefore Wests is absolutely committed the cause.

"On behalf of the Wests team, our pledge is to take action to end violence in our community and to understand the impacts of violence and educate people that violence is not a solution.

"We take this pledge to empower our community."

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic told the Advertiser earlier this year that the convoy was a part of 16 days of activism.

"By raising awareness and supporting initiatives such as this, we can bring the conversation about domestic violence into the open and confront the issue so that we can all work together towards ending domestic violence," he said.

"Every week one woman dies as a result of domestic violence which is why it's so important that we speak openly and honestly about this with everyone in our community."