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Newcastle march to honour Hunter DV victims, survivors

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Organisers of an anti-domestic and sexual violence rally in Newcastle this weekend will remember victims and honour survivors.

Sadly, almost 12 months to the day of a similar gathering, which paid tribute to Mayfield’s Mackenzie Anderson, What Were You Wearing? (WWYW) is inviting the community to unite as one on Sunday 26 March.

The event will start at Honeysuckle, from 11am, and end at Nobbys Beach.

It aims to raise awareness about the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence in the region, as well as further afield.

WWYW founder Sarah Williams is hoping to attract a big crowd.

“We must work together to eliminate these crimes,” she said.

“So, we hope this march is a step in the right direction.

“Also, we want to show our support for all survivors of domestic and violence.

“Everyone is welcome to join us.”

Meanwhile, WWYW has been buoyed by an election promise.

Under a Labor government, the advocacy organisation will receive $20,000 to assist its valuable work.

“The volunteers from What Were You Wearing? do a wonderful job in preventing domestic and sexual violence and supporting those who have experienced it,” Newcastle state MP Tim Crakanthorp said.

“They’ve gained a massive following in a short space of time, which really speaks to the positive impact they are having.”

WWYW raises awareness of – and works to end – domestic and sexual violence, with the funding to aid two initiatives: drink spiking prevention and safe spaces at music festivals.

“The former involves the purchase of reusable covers that can be placed over the top of a drink and kits that patrons can test their drink for anything that may have been added,” Mr Crakanthorp said.

“The music festival initiative creates a space for patrons to attend if they are feeling overwhelmed or an incident occurs.

“Trauma-informed staff are available, as are essential items such as water, sunscreen and sanitary items.

“WWYW is able to assist with reports to police and festival staff, and ensure patrons get home safely.

“I’m proud to be able to support their work.”

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