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Uniting against domestic violence in Lightning Ridge

United women back l-r: Jaqui Hull, Jaelamar with mum Jenna Edwards, Sarah Reid with daughter Phobie, Chloe Walton with son Lachie, Donna Wood, Emma Heckendorf, Coral Bolton, Marie Bolton, Dot Morris, Monica Summers, Natasha Harris, Irene Morris, Amy Knight with son Mare and Sheridan Noble. Front: Alinta McBride, Tegan Hull, Krystal Evan, Loretta Schuler, Nat Johnson, Paige with mum Shania Looney. Photo TWH

Narromine’s women and children, under the leadership of Jaqui Hull from CatholicCare Wilcannia Forbes visited Lightning Ridge recently for three days of workshops on the pressing issue of domestic violence.

Aptly named “Women’s Lightning Ridge Getaway,” the event surpassed conventional workshop offerings.

Beyond advice for navigating domestic violence, the initiative aimed to provide women with a secure haven for cultural enrichment – a period of connection and rejuvenation, nurturing friendship, and trust amongst the participants.

Jacqui Hull said that some of the women are part of a support group she leads in Narromine, but that certain ladies had not joined due to shame and fear.

“This Lightning Ridge endeavour has offered a remarkable avenue for these women to establish connections and cultivate friendships,” Jacqui said.[…]

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