Mariners in support of White Ribbon Day

Central Coast Mariners Football Manager Lawrie McKinna and players Alex Wilkinson and John Hutchinson voiced their support for White Ribbon Day on Tuesday – the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

Central Coast Mariners Football Manager Lawrie McKinna and players Alex Wilkinson and John Hutchinson voiced their support for White Ribbon Day on Tuesday - the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

Brisbane Water Police, who are in partnership with the Domestic Violence Intervention Response Team (DVIRT) have teamed with the Mariners to promote White Ribbon Day and the international 16 Days of Activism campaign.

The Mariners- next Hyundai A-League home fixture against the Queensland Roar on Saturday, 6 December will be dedicated to the White Ribbon Day cause.

Police and DVIRT will hand out white ribbons and show bags at the game, with the show bags containing information about a range of services available to help women who face domestic violence and may need assistance to leave a violent relationship or simply have the resources available to give them knowledge about what-s out there in the community to help them.

"Everyone at the Mariners is totally behind this fantastic community initiative from Brisbane Water Police and the DVIRT," said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.

"We-re happy to lend our name to such an important message to the community and hope that all of our Members and supporters will join us in promoting the message to eliminate violence against women."

Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector Graeme Parker said joining with such a huge community builder such as the Mariners was an opportunity to promote awareness of violence against women and the ‘Say No To Violence- campaign.

He also said that violence against women can take many forms including sexual assault, personal threats or intimidation, emotional or verbal abuse, controlling behaviours, harassments, stalking and physical abuse.

"Women who experience violence need to be supported by the community, and the person committing these offences should be reported to police," said Detective Chief Inspector Parker.

Domestic violence is a crime and the Mariners endorse and support the Brisbane Water Police & the DVIRT program in sending a clear message to the community that violence against women and children will not be tolerated.

The Mariners- Hyundai A-League campaign continues on Saturday, 29 November when they travel to Members Equity Stadium to face the Perth Glory. Kick off is at 8pm AEDT.

The Mariners are next at their Bluetongue Stadium home on Saturday, 6 December when they host the Queensland Roar in Round 14. Kick off is at 6pm.

Tickets for this match are on sale from Ticketek outlets, from the Ticketek website - www.ticketek.com.au, or via phone on 132 849.