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Jenny "Risso" Newbery took part in the Ipswich Ulysses - Domestic Violence Ride. Inga Williams

Bikies ride to end the violence

MOTORBIKE riders from all over south-east Queensland took to Ipswich streets to raise awareness of domestic and family violence.

Organisers dubbed the second annual Motorcycle Ride for Awareness of Domestic and Family Violence a success with 300 people taking part.

The first ride, held last year, began when Ulysses members who worked at Ipswich's Domestic Violence Action Centre put the idea forward.

Ipswich Ulysses vice-president Darren Cowell said the turn out to the ride was a testament to how many people wanted to rid Australia of domestic and family violence.

"We're very pleased with the turn out. It was massive," he said.

Mr Cowell said as a community group it was up to organisations like Ulysses to raise awareness about important issues.

"We all belong to families or know someone affected by domestic and family violence," he said.

"As a father of two young children I think it's important to instil those beliefs in them and let them know it's not ok.

"The ride isn't just about a bunch of old bikies going for a weekend ride. It's about supporting the community we grew up in."

For 24-hour support phone the national hotline 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.



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