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Racing to raise funds to stop violence against women

A first of a kind donation drive has been launched by the horse racing industry in support of White Ribbon, Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women. Throughout March, iSyndicate is asking racing syndicators across Australia to match their donations of $30 for each syndicated horse that wins a race and $10 for each place finish.

iSyndicate Director, Brad Scott explained all monies raised will go directly to White Ribbon Australia, to support primary prevention initiatives aimed at stopping men’s violence against women in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

“We’re really excited because this will be the first donation drive of its kind in the industry,” Mr Scott said.

“We are asking racing syndicators to match our donations so as to double the money raised for White Ribbon Australia. Donations can also be made at http://www.white-ribbon-au.myshopify.com/products/donation. The code ‘horses’ must be entered to contribute to the donation drive.”

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies welcomed the donation drive as an exciting new fund and awareness raising event.

“This is an opportunity to educate the racing industry on the extent of men’s violence against women in Australia and its horrendous consequences – at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner,” Ms Davies said.

“And it is an opportunity to empower individuals and groups to become actively engaged in the White Ribbon Campaign, whether that be through making a donation in support of our work, or becoming active in the prevention activity.”

Interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged.

For more information: www.whiteribbon.org.au or www.isyndicate.com.au.

Note to media: White Ribbon Australia and iSyndicate ask all media to include this line in stories that report on incidents of violence:  If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call police on 000.

About: White Ribbon Australia and iSyndicate began their partnership in September 2013. White Ribbon Australia is a non-profit organisation and Australia’s only national, male-led primary prevention campaign to end men’s violence against women.  White Ribbon Australia seeks to change the attitudes and behaviors that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women, by engaging boys and men to lead social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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Rachael Taylor talks about Domestic Violence as a White Ribbon Australia Champion

Australian actress and lead White Ribbon Australia Champion, Rachael Taylor speaks about domestic violence as part of White Ribbon Australia’s awareness raising campaign, ‘Uncover Secrets’. In writing for the Australian Women’s Weekly, on sale tomorrow, Rachael’s story appears alongside those of five inspiring survivors.

Rachael said she hopes her story will raise awareness of the seriousness of men’s violence against women in Australia, where at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner, and encourages Australians to break the silence around violence by supporting them to speak out against it.

“I decided as a White Ribbon Champion to write an honest, open and personal account of being a survivor of domestic violence for Australian Women’s Weekly to show that each of us – women and men – can be part of a real, meaningful and truthful conversation about domestic violence,” Rachael said.

“I’m honoured and also humbled to have the opportunity to become a White Ribbon Champion, to share their vision that all women have the right to live in safety, free from violence and abuse. We must focus on the insidious ‘secret’ in our community of domestic violence, and stop it once and for all.

“I passionately believe people really want to talk about domestic violence but I also feel we are not completely sure about how to have these conversations. So in some small way I hope, through my words and actions, to bring a new language and an openness to the discussion about domestic violence, and in doing so no longer allow domestic violence to continue to be a secret in our community.”

The Uncover Secrets Campaign encourages men and women to share their stories to shed light on Australia’s dark secret, the extent of men’s violence against women, which claims at least one woman’s life each week.

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies, commended Rachael’s commitment to helping uncover Australia’s dark secret, revealing a personal message from Rachael will be published tomorrow on www.uncoversecrets.com.au.

“One story per week will follow,” Libby said. “Members of the community who wish to share their stories are encouraged to submit a short video via www.uncoversecrets.com.au.

“We expect the stories will inspire strength in women currently experiencing or recovering from violence, and motivate men to actively get involved in Australia’s national campaign to stop violence against women.

“Living free from violence is everyone’s right and reducing violence is everyone’s responsibility. Violence against women requires men and women working together to put an end to it, for too long this has been seen as a ‘women’s issue’.

 “The victims are not just statistics. They are wives, partners, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues. Most importantly they are people, real people in our lives. Together we can help put a stop to men’s violence against women.”

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national male led campaign to stop men’s violence against women. It engages men and boys to lead social change through primary prevention initiatives across the community and particularly through prevention programs in schools and workplaces.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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