Prevent men’s violence against women

Archive for September, 2014

White Ribbon Ambassadors speak out about National Survey results

As White Ribbon Ambassadors, we believe that all women should live in safety, free from all forms of violence. We also believe that men must act to prevent this violence. This is why we have decided to speak up publicly about the results of the 2013 National Community Attitudes Survey released today.

The National Community Attitudes Survey results show the progress Australia has made in addressing men’s violence. Youth attitudes to violence against women are improving and Australians have a good understanding of the different forms violence against women can take. It is also encouraging to see that the vast majority of Australians would intervene if they saw a woman being assaulted.

Concerning survey results

• Over 40% of people believe that rape results from men not being able to control their need for sex.
• One in five people believes that domestic violence can be excused if people get so angry they lose control.

These worrying results show that Australians still need to be convinced that violence against women is not acceptable or excusable in any situation. Men who use violence choose to use violence, just as we choose to speak out against it.

How violence against women impacts you

If you think this issue does not affect you, you are mistaken. It is about all of us, including our families, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbours:

• Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
• One in five women has been stalked.
• One in three women in Australia has experienced men’s violence since the age of 15.

These statistics show that violence is far too common an experience for the women in our lives.

What you can do

As White Ribbon Ambassadors we believe that men’s violence against women is never acceptable and call on all Australian men to:

1. Reject sexist attitudes, behaviours and language that create a culture in which men’s violence against women is accepted.

2. Treat women as equals and with respect in all aspects of life.

3. Speak up and step up when they see or hear of men using violence against women.

You can join us now. Start by swearing the White Ribbon Oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

Together we can stop men’s violence against women and make Australian communities safer for all women.

To download this statement please click here.



Michael Brandenburg Manager, Child & Family Services Ballarat

Ian Carter AM CEO, Anglicare WA; Director, White Ribbon Australia

Chiu Hing Chan Vice Chairman, Australian Chinese General Chamber of Business; Director, White Ribbon Australia

Petero Civoniceva NRL One Community Ambassador

Mick Doleman Deputy National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia

Dr Michael Flood Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Wollongong; Chair, White Ribbon Australia Policy and Research Group
George Fomba Employment Consultant / Vice Chairperson, Workskill Australia / African Communities Council of SA Sport and Recreation Committee

Lt Gen Ken Gillespie (RTD)

Mick Gooda Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Dan Gregory CEO, The Impossible Institute; Director, White Ribbon Australia

John Hinchey ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner, Victim Support ACT

Ken Lay APM Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police

Robert McClelland Partner, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers; Director, White Ribbon Australia

John McRoberts APM Commissioner of Police and CEO of Fire and Emergency Services, Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Dominic Morgan Chief Executive Officer, Ambulance Tasmania

Andrew O’Keefe Television Presenter, Seven Network

John Rosewarne Chair, White Ribbon Australia

Ian Stewart APM Commissioner, Queensland Police Service

Jonny Taylor Singer/Songwriter


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This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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White Ribbon Australia welcomes Our Watch into the anti-violence sector

White Ribbon Australia welcomed the launch of Our Watch today as a national partner organisation to prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon Australia was established in Australia eleven years ago and is part of a global male-led movement to ends men’s violence against women, which is active in more than 60 countries world-wide.

“White Ribbon Australia has been at the forefront of leading edge new primary prevention action for over ten years and works through a national, evidence based approach to primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community that drive attitudinal and behavioural change. ” Ms Davies said. “As a unique, national male-led organisation we seek to change the attitudes and behaviours of men that perpetuate violence and are the result of complex factors associated with masculinity, relationships, and how women have been viewed and treated.” “This work has been breaking edge and we are beginning to see the impact of prevention.  Continuing this focus and combining our efforts with this new organisation, established by the Victorian and Australian Government, will enhance action to stop violence against women.” she said.

White Ribbon Australia looks forward to working with Our Watch and in the coming months will sign an MOU in relation to working together on the common vision to end violence against woman and their children. “We look forward to ongoing collaboration and collective action on this very crucial issue.”

White Ribbon Ambassador, Dr Phil Lambert, sits on the Our Watch board and is a strong link between the two organisations. “We can look forward to strengthening the work occurring at White Ribbon, in the community and government spheres, and to the enhanced prevention action to combat this insidious violence,” said Ms. Davies.

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White Ribbon Schools Program wins top NAPCAN award

White Ribbon Australia are thrilled to have won a prestigious child protection award.  The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), announced the winners of the 2014 NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards for inspiring child protection initiatives. The announcements coincide with National Child Protection Week, were made at a special reception hosted by the Governor-General, at Admiralty House, Sydney on Friday 5th September.

The White Ribbon Breaking the Silence program is a unique professional development program for principals and teachers that provides them with the resources and strategies to embed models of respectful relationships in school culture and classroom activities. These strategies give students the opportunity to learn and experience respectful relationships, preventing the perpetration of violence against women and girls. Schools participating in Breaking the Silence become White Ribbon Schools.

“Breaking the Silence has been delivered to over 200 schools, reaching 110,000 students and their communities,” said White Ribbon CEO Libby Davies “It’s a sad reality that exposure to domestic violence increases children’s risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties and is a recognised form of child abuse. This program helps to drive a culture of respect and reduce violence in schools and communities, increasing the wellbeing and safety of children and young people.”

“Principals tell us that Breaking the Silence has been successful because it reaches the community by taking a whole-of-school approach to promoting respectful relationships. It encompasses curriculum, teaching and learning, school organisation, ethos and environment and community/parent links and partnerships in in meaningful, age appropriate and culturally sensitive way,” said Ms. Davies “It’s the old saying it takes a village to raise a child, so we work to promote partnerships between schools, police and community services and families to focus on crime prevention and harm minimisation. ”

White Ribbon Australia invited former Principal Dale Palmer from Endeavour Sports High School and two students to attend the ceremony. Endeavour Sports High School participated in the pilot of Breaking the Silence in 2009.  On its journey to becoming a White Ribbon School, Endeavour Sports High School witnessed a significant cultural shift towards one of respect, safety and inclusiveness.

“White Ribbon is one of the most important programs we run at Endeavour Sports High School. It runs as a primary prevention model under the mantra of RESPECT. The White Ribbon ideology allows us to talk openly and honestly about topics such as domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault, resilience, self-image and the law. White Ribbon also allows us to run programs that make young people feel confident and good about themselves, as well as understanding their role in fostering a respectful society. Our school is proud to be a White Ribbon school.” Dale Palmer, White Ribbon Ambassador and former Principal of Endeavour Sports High School.
As a White Ribbon Ambassador and Champion for the Breaking the Silence Program, Dale embodies the values of White Ribbon in all that he does in both his school and broader community.  His leadership in driving a culture of respect has provided students, staff and parents alike with a voice to also become active agents of change in their community.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

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NSW Recorded Crime Statistics: more action needed to make NSW communities safe for women

White Ribbon Australia note the release by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research of the June 2014 Quarterly Update of Recorded Crime Statistics in NSW.

The update shows that recorded criminal incidents across major crime categories have remained stable or declined over the past two years. However, the same report indicates that over the past five years recorded incidents of domestic violence-related assault, indecent assault, acts of indecency and other sexual offences have been increasing. Fraud is the only other major crime category recording an increase over the past five years.

The stabilising of recorded criminal incidents relating to domestic violence and indecent assault over the past two years indicates many things, including, potentially, a reduction in these crimes. However, we know that most incidents of domestic and sexual violence are not reported to police, so statistics are misleading. Women may not seek assistance from the Police for many reasons, including fear of their partner’s reaction, social isolation and anxiety that their children may be removed.

The 5 year statistics tell a different story, and show that reports of domestic violence-related assault and indecent assault are increasing in NSW. This is a stark reminder of the seriousness of this social issue in NSW and across Australia.

The NSW Government’s commitment to reducing pub and club assaults demonstrates the potential benefits of significant investment in violence prevention and reduction. “The case for additional investment in primary prevention is clear” said White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies, “Violence against women is a serious social issue in NSW and results in high costs at the individual, community and population health levels. Preventing violence against women and making communities safer for women benefits everyone, including the NSW Government”.

White Ribbon Australia was established eleven years ago and is part of a global male-led movement to ends men’s violence against women, which is active in more than 60 countries world-wide. White Ribbon Australia works to change the attitudes and behaviours of men that perpetuate violence through awareness raising and education, including a national campaign and programs in workplaces and schools. “Through ongoing independent evaluation of the impact of our work, we are starting to see the impact of prevention.” said Ms. Davies, “White Ribbon’s work in prevention has been assisted by other organisations across the service continuum from prevention to intervention in support of the objectives of the National Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children. We appreciate the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering the objectives under this plan in NSW and urge them to invest in evidence-based solutions to this social problem as a demonstration of this pledge.”

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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