Student art used in White Ribbon Day anti-violence campaign
THE artwork of five Alstonville High School students will appear in local licensed venues from this week as part of a campaign spreading an important message.
Blokes in particular having a beer in Ballina Shire over the next few weeks are asked to raise their glass and look at the coasters and their messages.
Today marks Day two of 16 days of activism locally to support White Ribbon Day, a male-led campaign to say no to violence against women.
Yesterday, a White Ribbon Day walk was held in Ballina to launch the campaign, organised by the Ballina White Ribbon Committee.
Peter Rawson, from the committee, on average, one woman died each week in Australia as the result of violence inflicted by an intimate partner.
Amber Moss and Hollie Raymond were part of the Year 10 Alstonville High cohort which took part in the Love Bites domestic and family violence and sexual assault education program run by the Ballina Byron Family Centre and Richmond Sexual Assault Service.
The program discussed the impact of family violence.
Lisa Gray, from the Love Bites program, said the Never Violent; Never Silent coaster project aimed to increase awareness that "family violence is not acceptable in our community".