NSW Government announces $60 million Domestic Violence package
White Ribbon Australia congratulates Mike Baird MP, Premier of NSW and a White Ribbon Ambassador, for his Government’s firm focus on offender behaviour, as part of today’s $60 million commitment for enhanced domestic violence measures.
These resources represent a vital investment in services and response in NSW, and will provide much needed enhancement to support those experiencing domestic violence.
The package recognises the need for interventions for perpetrators of violence, with the inclusion of mandated perpetrator programs. This increases the focus on men who choose to use violence and holds them accountable for their actions.
White Ribbon Australia commends this approach.
Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia said: “It is critical that any domestic violence package is complimented by primary prevention programs and initiatives, so that the behaviours and attitudes that allow violence against women to occur in the first place are acknowledged and addressed in society.
“Engaging men and providing them with the tools to learn about the issue and take effective action encourages men to assume responsibility and ultimately change their behaviour before violence occurs.
“Recognition of the effective programs that are in place driving this change should also receive the full support of Government; it’s where social change stands its greatest chance of success.”
ABOUT WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA
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 violence prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.
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