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White Ribbon’s relationship with the NRL

White Ribbon Australia has had an informal association with the NRL since 2012. In March of this year, White Ribbon and the NRL signed a Partnership Agreement. This establishes White Ribbon as an integral part of the Game’s ‘Voice against Violence’ campaign. It also encourages NRL clubs to become White Ribbon Accredited Workplaces and commit to driving the prevention of violence against women in communities. Many NRL players are committed White Ribbon Ambassadors.

The NRL itself is an accredited White Ribbon Workplace. White Ribbon has full confidence in the NRL to lead by example in establishing a culture of non-violence across all of its clubs and this has been demonstrated by Dave Smith’s words over the weekend.

The nature of our work with the NRL is advisory. Violence against women is a serious issue both in sport and in the community at large. There is a lot of work still to be done to stop violence before it occurs, by challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, social norms and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon will not comment on the specifics of any ongoing legal case, however we stand strong in our view that violence is never acceptable.  Education is key and this is the reason that we work with partners like the NRL to get the message of non-violence out across Australia.

The fact remains that in Australia, one in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. Domestic violence occurs across all communities, cultures and socio-economies.  It is imperative that employers across all sectors and industries are aware of this issue and acknowledge that it has the potential to affect their staff. The NRL and its affiliated clubs are no different.

We are committed to working with the NRL, through the Agreement to ensure that the Game, its staff, its players and its supporters understand that all forms of abuse, violence and coercive control will not be tolerated and that individuals will be held accountable for their actions.

Disclosure is often a traumatic experience for victims of violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, please call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732. This service is available 24/7, provides free and confidential counselling, and can refer you or someone you know onto local support and legal services if needed.

In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.

Note to media

  1. Accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace confirms an organisation’s commitment to developing a workplace culture that does not tolerate violent behaviour and abuse. Professional sporting codes are no different to any other workplace.
  2. Accreditation lasts for 3 years, at which point an organisation will go through the process once again, to retain its accreditation.
  3.  The NRL became a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace in December 2013.

 

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au 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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White Ribbon Night is back!

WHITE RIBBON NIGHT

Have a night in to get the word out about stopping violence against women
Friday 31 July 2015 is White Ribbon Night. It is about raising awareness and much needed funds to support the work to end men’s violence against women. The annual event, now in its third year, asks Australians to have a Night in to Get the Word Out about the seriousness of violence against women and its prevention.

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies, explained the concept behind the mid-year campaign including the raising of vital funds to expand White Ribbon Australia’s primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

“We all like to think that all of us, our family, our friends, colleagues and neighbours, are safe at home. Most of us believe this to be a basic human right and would be outraged if it were taken from us. But sadly, for many of us, this is not always the case.” Libby said.

“Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence. Alarmingly, this figure is rising. A woman is most likely to be killed by her current or former male partner in her own home.”

“In Australia, one in four children is exposed to domestic violence. Research tells us that children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to perpetrate this violence in the future.”

“We want this vicious cycle of violence to stop. Our hope is that communities across Australia will unite on Friday 31 July in support of bringing an end to men’s violence against women. Research tells us that building greater equality and respect between men and women can reduce attitudes that support violence. All funds raised will support the primary prevention work of the White Ribbon Campaign. Primary prevention involves stopping violence before it occurs, by challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, social norms and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women. We are dedicated to this cause, as are our supporters.”

Getting involved in White Ribbon Night is easy. You can organise a night in, donate directly and take part in the online auction. Everything you need to know can be found at http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/what-you-can-do/campaign-white-ribbon-night/.

Event organisers have access to our ‘How to Make A Difference’ Pack. This is jam-packed with activity suggestions and resources, including family-friendly games, plus a donation link that can be sent to friends and family to support their White Ribbon Night event.

This is our biggest fundraising night of the year. Please support us. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Note to media

White Ribbon Australia asks all media to include the following line when reporting on incidents of men’s violence against women: If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This free service providing confidential advice is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.

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

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National 7-10 school syllabus

White Ribbon acknowledges today’s announcement by the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

White Ribbon Australia acknowledges today’s announcement by Pru Goward, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, confirming that the national 7-10 school syllabus will have a focus on domestic violence prevention.

White Ribbon has been helping schools focus on their anti-violence education since 2009. A leader in this field, White Ribbon argues that working directly with schools, children and young people is essential in helping prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon Australia’s CEO Libby Davies said: ‘White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program is our award-winning professional learning program for principals and senior teachers. So far, the Program has engaged over 360 schools and 220,000 students to build more respectful, safer, and more inclusive Australian schools. We know that with our help, violence prevention in schools is working.’

White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program is based on the National Standards for Sexual Assault Prevention Education. This year, the Program is running in NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

For more information White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program, please see:

http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-school-involved/

 

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

 

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