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Federal Election 2016: Call to Parties

White Ribbon Australia has released a Federal Election 2016 Call to Parties. We call on all political parties and representatives to commit to primary prevention initiatives that stop men’s violence against women before it starts. Download the Call to Parties here.

Women and girls in Australia experience unacceptable levels of violence and abuse. While this has been condemned by politicians, we need serious and coordinated action to stop men’s violence against women.

Government must support established and proven violence prevention initiatives to create the cultural change we need to end men’s violence against women.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889


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A message from the Chair to the Editor of Daily Telegraph

White Ribbon Australia recognises Nina Funnell’s experience as a survivor of men’s violence against women and supports her right to voice her views, as per her column in today’s Daily Telegraph. I write to address some of the criticisms and inaccuracies directed at us.

The comments made by Collingwood president Eddie McGuire last Monday about Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson on Triple M are symptomatic of a culture which normalises attitudes and behaviours that promote the disrespect of women that at the most pointy end results in violence against women.

Words have power and we need our media outlets to be leaders in promoting words that drive respect and gender equality. Understanding the power of words and their appropriate use in driving respect and gender equality is why White Ribbon is conducting training of Triple M on-air staff, including McGuire, in July. This training exemplifies the primary prevention work of White Ribbon. Nina misunderstands and inaccurately portrays the critical primary prevention role of White Ribbon. She also inaccurately fails to understand the advocacy work we undertake to see better resourcing of services to support those who experience domestic violence. Our work is based on a sound research, best practice and independently evaluated approach.

At White Ribbon we believe in behaviour change. We are dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours at the core of men’s abuse of women. Our primary prevention programs focus on driving attitudinal and behavioural change to stop violence before it starts. White Ribbon Ambassadors are men who speak out to address sexism, lack of respect and attitudes that can lead to men’s violence against women. The inclusion of a former perpetrator in the program is considered if he speaks from a position of reform and rehabilitation. The message from such a position can be powerful when directed to men, especially those who continue to perpetrate violence against women.

White Ribbon Workplaces are part of the award winning accreditation program that has reached half a million Australian employees and helps to create safer and more respectful workplaces, including those in traditionally male-dominated industries.

White Ribbon’s ‘Breaking the Silence’ Schools Program introduces models of respectful relationships into the school curriculum, giving staff and students an understanding of gender stereotyping and harmful behaviours.

These are just some of the tangible programs run by White Ribbon that with time will lead to a lowering of the need for frontline services. That is the Australia we hope for.

Nick Cowdery AM QC


For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

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Violence Against Women Is No Laughing Matter


The comments made by Collingwood president Eddie McGuire about Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson are completely unacceptable. They are examples of language that demean women and reinforce violence-supporting attitudes.

The use of disrespectful language creates a culture in which violence against women is not taken seriously. It creates an environment in which there is little chance for change.

Joking about being violent towards a woman is disrespectful and condones violence. We need our media outlets and our sporting codes to be leaders, to be role models for respect and gender equality.

White Ribbon Australia, along with community and sector partners, is at the forefront of trying to change the attitudes and behaviours that undermine our collective efforts to generate positive social change.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone and can take many forms. It’s an abuse of power and control that usually involves a pattern of violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, ex-partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instill fear.

Domestic violence doesn’t have to be physical abuse. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or other types of behaviour that exert power and control.



White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

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White Ribbon response to Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Report and Recommendations

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) has formally responded to the findings of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (The Commission), released on 30 March 2016.

The White Ribbon response:

  • Affirms and commends the findings of The Commission and its emphasis on a whole-of-community approach to primary prevention in Victoria.
  • Urges the Victorian Government to avoid adopting strategies, practices and policies that duplicate existing efforts.
  • Promotes investment in established and proven initiatives for effective and efficient implementation of the 227 recommendations.
  • Outlines the work, reach and outcomes of White Ribbon Campaigns and Programs.
  • Alerts The Commission to errors in the report about White Ribbon

The purpose of the comments is to contribute to the plan of the Victorian Government to implement all 227 recommendations made by the Commission. Read White Ribbon’s response here.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: and 0419 516 889

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