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White Ribbon Australia congratulates Mike Baird on his re-election

White Ribbon Australia congratulates Mike Baird on his re-election as Premier of NSW. Measures to address the impact of family and domestic violence on women, children and the NSW community featured among the commitments made by Mr. Baird and the NSW Liberals in the lead up to the election.

CEO of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies said: ‘In addition to being Premier of NSW, Mike Baird is also a White Ribbon Ambassador. We commend him and his party for their commitment to making NSW communities safer and look forward to working with the Government to see the promised party initiatives relative to family and domestic violence come to fruition’.

Family and domestic violence was a key election issue, reflecting the community’s interest in immediate and effective ways of dealing with violence against women. ‘Violence against women is an issue in every community and people have had enough’ said Ms. Davies. She also encouraged the Premier to strengthen the Government’s focus on violence prevention: ‘While it is vital we provide services to those experiencing violence, governments also need to invest in violence prevention to create long-term social change and make violence against women a thing of the past’ Ms. Davies said.

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Australian young people deem domestic violence as commonplace in Australia today

More than three quarters (76%) of Australian young people feel that domestic violence is common in Australia

  • Only half of high school students (54%) report receiving information about domestic violence in school
  • Over one in four young males (28%) believe ‘girls like guys in charge of the relationship’


The majority of Australian young people believe domestic violence to be common in Australian society according to a survey conducted by Youth Action NSW and White Ribbon Australia released today.

The survey of over 3000 respondents examined attitudes of young people aged between 16-25 years and explored young people’s views toward gender stereotypes and violence in Australian society, including online domestic violence.

The study, designed to develop an understanding of young people’s awareness of and attitudes towards domestic violence, has revealed 83% of young females believe it to be common or very common in Australia and 60% of males.

Gender Stereotypes

CEO of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies said, “The survey shows that young people have a good awareness of domestic violence, but they also show that some young people, particularly young men, hold attitudes that support gender stereotypes that lead to violence against women.”

The research revealed that males were more likely to agree with gender stereotypes, with key differences of perception and interesting gaps around the nature of power and dominance in relationships including:



  • Girls like guys who are in charge of the relationship



  • Men are usually better at more things than women



  • Men are supposed to be head of the household and take control of the relationship



Youth Action NSW Director, Policy & Advocacy, Eamon Waterford, said: “There are a lot more young Australian men out there who think women want them to take charge than there are women who agree with that. If one in five Australian men thinking they’re meant to be head of the household and controller of the relationship, when only one in 25 Australian women agree, then we have a hugely concerning situation. That’s why we think it’s vital to start exposing these gaps in understanding so a conversation can be started.”

Interpretations of Domestic Violence Explored Online

The research study also examined interpretations of what constitutes domestic violence with the majority less likely to consider more subtle behaviours, particularly those online as controlling, dominating or employed to instil fear.

Percentage of respondents who don’t consider the following as domestic violence:




  • Checking a partner’s email or phone without consent



  • Not showing a partner any love or affection



  • Constant yelling at partner



Respondents were found to get information about domestic violence from a vast array of sources including the general news (71%), television (59%) and newspapers (54%), but only 54% indicated that they received information about domestic violence at their school.

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said: “Violence against women has a clear and negative impact on children and young people’s behavioural, cognitive and emotional functioning, and social development. Schools must play a key role in educating young people and breaking the cycle of violence but only 54% of young people are getting information about domestic violence from their school. There is a critical need for collective action. It is everyone’s responsibility to make this happen: schools, workplaces, sporting clubs, politicians, and local communities alike must all play a role in ending men’s violence against women.”

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The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led movement to stop violence against women. It engages and enables men and boys to lead this social change. In Australia, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent violence by changing attitudes and behaviours. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.


Youth Action is the peak organisation representing young people and youth services in NSW. Youth Action works towards a society where all young people are supported, engaged and valued.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

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White Ribbon Australia response to National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 2017

White Ribbon Australia commends the decision by the Australian Government to provide $230 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 2017.

Housing services for women and children escaping domestic and family violence are essential. Data shows that domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children and that demand for homelessness services as a result of domestic violence is increasing (AIHW 2014). Almost 78,000 women and children that accessed specialist homelessness services in 2013/14 were escaping domestic and family violence, a 9% increase on 2012/13 figures (AIHW 2014: 39-40).

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said: ‘In providing priority funding to homelessness service providers working with women and children escaping domestic and family violence, the Australian Government is addressing a serious and worsening social issue. We welcome the funding announcement made today by the Minister for Social Services’.

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Response to article by Tanveer Ahmed in The Spectator Australia 14 March 2015

Tanveer Ahmed recently wrote an article in The Spectator Australia about the various ramifications of the opinion piece he wrote for The Australian on 9 February 2015. There are a number of factual inaccuracies in this article as it relates to his interactions with White Ribbon, most importantly the relationship between White Ribbon Australia and

Dr Ahmed refers to as a ‘splinter group’ of the White Ribbon Campaign. This is an incorrect and dangerous statement. The work of is completely distinct from and antagonistic to the White Ribbon Campaign worldwide, including White Ribbon Australia. White Ribbon Australia staff made this clear to Dr Ahmed during our discussions with him in February.

White Ribbon Australia remains focused on the prevention of men’s violence against women. We will continue working with the more than 2,300 White Ribbon Ambassadors across the country, our supporters and the schools and workplaces participating in our violence prevention programs. We are proud to work with these individuals and groups that are committed to helping create real social change and making Australian communities safer for women and girls.

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White Ribbon response to call from Bill Shorten

White Ribbon Australia welcomes the call from Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a national crisis summit on family violence.
Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia said: “Men’s violence against women is a serious social issue in Australia and has been for decades. Now this issue is a more focused spotlight there is a critical opportunity for government and services to better work together to create real social change”.
Ms. Davies also called on governments to increase support for violence prevention: “There is evidence that prevention is working. We have data showing that White Ribbon programs are driving the attitudinal and behavioural change needed to stop men’s violence against women. We hope the Prime Minister engages with Labour’s proposal and additionally commits support for violence prevention work.”
The proposed $73 million interim package will support essential tertiary services working with women. These services, together with the proposed investment in perpetrator mapping, are critical in ensuring women experiencing violence are able to safely leave violent relationships.
As identified by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, COAG is an important forum for domestic and family violence issues. Making this issue a standing item on the COAG agenda will help address important jurisdictional issues relating to perpetrators and women’s safety, however services and prevention action that have been proven to be effective need adequate funding. Despite the bipartisan commitment to the National Plan, many tertiary support services have lost funding.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

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