The crew of HMAS Penguin let their feet do the talking in support of a campaign encouraging the community to ‘say no to domestic violence against women’.

The personnel walked 52 laps of Middle Head Oval in Sydney on November 19 in a charity event organised by the Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter.

Each lap represented a woman who has died at the hands of a current or past intimate partner in the past 12 months, which was on average one woman per week.

Commanding Officer Penguin Commander Bernadette Alexander said she was proud of her personnel, and their family and friends, who took part in the event.

“It is great that we can step up during these challenging times to demonstrate our support to such a worthy cause,” Commander Alexander said.

“We cannot solve violence against women alone; it takes a community working together.”

Command Warrant Officer Paul Priddy encouraged the Navy community to continue standing together against domestic violence. 

“While we all serve in different functions, it is within our community we see the noticeable results of our collective service,” he said.

“It is important that if you think someone is suffering the effects of domestic violence to stand up, be counted and say something - it may save a life.”

The Northern Beaches Women’s Shelter opened a decade ago as a refuge for homeless women.