Driving home a message of respect

EXPECT RESPECT: The core members of the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum preparing for the annual event. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.

EXPECT RESPECT: The core members of the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum preparing for the annual event. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.

Now in it’s fourth year, the Expect Respect golf day is a great way for men to become involved in saying ‘No’ to violence against women while enjoying a sport they love.

Organised by the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum, the event to be held on November 25 and 26 aims to “keep relationships on par”.

Bowral Police domestic violence liaison officer senior constable Simone Houghton said the event, held on the same weekend as White Ribbon Day, was a positive opportunity for the community to get behind an important cause.

“It is a day where thousands of men across the globe pledge to help end the violence against women,” she said. 

“It is an opportunity for men to stand up and challenge the abusive behaviour that you see around you.”

Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum aims to raise awareness of what constitutes domestic and family violence and to reduce the incidence of violence, abuse and anti-social behaviour in the shire. 

The weekend will be held at the Highlands Golf Course, Mittagong. 

It will involve an information stall set up at the course on Saturday for White Ribbon Day and then a charity golf day on Sunday.

The golf day will be a four-person Ambrose event with an 8am tee-off. 

The cost will be $40 per person.

 At the conclusion of the event there will be a presentation and information session from Mr Garry Ponder, a White Ribbon Day advocate.

There will be prizes and a raffle with all funds raised staying within the Highlands to assist the forum with local educational projects. 

The event is sponsored by Argyle Community Housing and supported by Wingecarribee Shire Council, who have sponsored a hole for the day. 

The forum has invited any other local organisations or businesses to show their support by sponsoring a hole for the event. 

Any inquiries can be made with Simone at Bowral Police Station or with council at 4868 0888.

Core members of the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum include NSW Police, NSW Health, Wingecarribbee Shire Council, Argyle Community Housing, YWCA, Barnardos, St Vincent de Paul, Southern Highlands Family Support Services, Mission Australia.