.

Susan Serey from Inga Peulich's office, Laura Portaro from OMAC, Senior Constable Maha Sukkar, City of Casey Mayor Shar Balmes, Nossal High School teacher Kamla Reddy, Cr Judy Owen, MP Judith Graley, Pam Mamouney, Naureen Choudhry and daughter Zaara Syed at the White Ribbon Day lunch. 74098Susan Serey from Inga Peulich’s office, Laura Portaro from OMAC, Senior Constable Maha Sukkar, City of Casey Mayor Shar Balmes, Nossal High School teacher Kamla Reddy, Cr Judy Owen, MP Judith Graley, Pam Mamouney, Naureen Choudhry and daughter Zaara Syed at the White Ribbon Day lunch. 74098

By Emma Sun
THE Casey Multi-faith Network celebrated White Ribbon Day with a ladies only luncheon last Friday.
More than 100 women attended, including City of Casey Mayor Shar Balmes, Councillor Judy Owen, Narre Warren South MP Judith Graley and members of the Casey Choir.
Berwick resident Judy Wardale, who runs charity organisation Sunshine Australia, sold Christmas cakes on the day and raised enough money to send two Indian girls from Gokunte in the Karnataka State to university.
“Sales were massive, and it would not have been achieved without the generosity of so many people, especially in the Casey area,” Ms Wardale said.
“It’s certainly going to be a great benefit to the next generation of children because there are too many children struggling to go to school and to be educated.
“This is going to break the cycle of illiteracy, which will also break the cycle of dependency.”
The guest speaker on the day was Senior Constable Maha Sukkar from Victoria Police’s Southern Metro Multicultural Liaison Unit, who spoke about domestic violence.
She has been a member of the police force for more than eight years, and educates people from a migrant background about Australian laws and the right way of conduct.
“Migrants come from different backgrounds and cultures, and where they come from it may be OK to hit their wife or children, but my role is to teach them what is right and what is wrong,” she said.
“My role is more proactive, I try to prevent problems from happening, so I go around and talk to people about violence.”
She spoke about how domestic violence comes in different forms, from emotional abuse such as name calling to financial abuse to restricting freedom by not allowing someone out of the house or to certain places.
She emphasised that the aim of the police was not to put people in jail, but to educate those who may not necessarily know the law.
“We can sometimes refer them to seek help from foundation houses for trauma counselling or other places to fix the problem,” Sen Const Sukkar said.
“If the problem keeps happening, then we can also issue an intervention order to give the victims a chance to move on with their lives.”
Senior Constable Maha Sukkar can be contacted through the Dandenong police station on 9767 7444.

Comments are closed.

Or post a comment using your email

More News

THOSE who may have been driving along the freeway in fear of a dinosaur invasion can be relieved this Tricepatops was no danger to the public. Securel...

DAIRY farmers from across the region have used the South Gippsland Dairy Expo to access information and resources to improve their farm business. Gipp...

PLANS are underway for the iconic Garfield Picture Theatre’s re-opening night, after the council granted a blanket permit to secure the venue’s co...

OFFENDERS have gone to the effort to dig out a mailbox concreted into the ground in Officer. The timber panel letterbox was excavated from the Carnegi...

LIFE as we know it can change overnight. On 22 August 1998, I went to sleep blissfully unaware of the tragedy I would wake to. It began with a hair-ra...

POTENTIAL roadside fire hazards will be removed in preparation for bushfire season. Grass on either side of Healesville-Kooweerup Road will be slashed...

Latest Sport

TOM Papley is no stranger to grand finals involving the Bulldogs. He played in two of them as a teenager for his beloved Bunyip Bulldogs in the Ellinb...

TOMORROW night, Gembrook 20-year-old Ryan Scott will face the biggest test of his career so far – standing in goal against arguably Australia...

Videos

A BERWICK primary school student has outperformed state-wide entries to win an award for her video promoting fire safety in the home. Berwick’s Tian...

PAKENHAM’S rough reputation all but vanished up into the blue, sunny spring skies around Lakeside’s ‘musical house’ one afternoon as sweet, cl...

A CLUSTER of burglaries at Kooweerup businesses last week has sparked police concern. Most recently a pair of thieves broke into the Royal Hotel about...

Entertainment

THE Real Housewives Of Auckland, Arena (Foxtel), 8.30pm Sunday WHAT the heck? This is a franchise that seems to be travelling the globe, gaining local...

THERE is something familiarly comfortable and yet actually pretty entertaining about the third story in the Bridget Jones trilogy. Like a teddy with i...

STAR News Group has five family passes to Circus Latino to give away – just in time for the school holidays. Each pass allows two adults and two...

Rural Matters

EXTRA numbers in the vealer section last week lifted the yarding number at the Baw Baw Livestock Exchange. Demand in the vealer section saw strong com...

THERE were approximately 300 export and 360 young cattle penned representing a decrease of 60 head week-on-week at Pakenham’s Victorian Livestock Ex...

NUMBERS remained lower last week at Baw Baw Livestock Exchange and this in-turn is tended to hold prices as buyers contested to obtain necessary numbe...