State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley joined representatives of various faiths from Casey to say no to violence against women and children.

The special guest speaker was Anj Barker, a domestic abuse victim who now shares her experience at schools across the country.

110 people attended the Casey Multi Faith Network’s White Ribbon Day Luncheon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Narre Warren North.

Ms Graley said that family violence is one of the most serious problems in the community.

“Every week in Victoria, hundreds of victims go to the police or the courts in response to violence at home,” she said

“Intimate partner violence – including physical, emotional and sexual violence – is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Victorian women aged 15-44,”

“I congratulate Casey Multi Faith on the commitment they have shown to preventing violence against women by supporting White Ribbon Day.”

President of the Casey Multi Faith Network, Pam Mamouney said she was thrilled to see so many different faiths and cultures come together for such an important cause.

“We were joined by Christians, Hindu’s and Muslim’s from Australia, Lebanon, India and Pakistan,”

“Our catering was even provided by Muslims and Mormons, a wonderful collaboration of two very different faiths,”

“It is such a pleasure to host this event each year and to see students from Nosaal High School and Minaret College getting involved gives me great hope for the future.”