This Friday, 28 July, White Ribbon urges all Australians to stand up with their neighbours to prevent men’s violence against women by supporting White Ribbon Night.
Over 120 White Ribbon Night events will take place in the community, amongst friends and neighbours, schools and workplaces this Friday, to reduce the occurrence of men’s violence against women.
White Ribbon CEO, Libby Davies said, “White Ribbon Night is an opportunity for Australians to connect with their neighbours, build strong community bonds, and start important conversations which raise awareness of domestic violence against women. This conversation could be lifesaving.”
The community are asked to help reduce the epidemic of violence against women by making a donation for the value of what they would spend on a night out, and instead have a night in that makes a difference.
“On average one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence. This statistic is far too high and we have to work together to prevent violence against women,” said Libby.
Research into violence prevention indicates that social isolation can be a form of abuse against female partners . Evidence supports that community engagement that strengthens relationships with neighbours can help prevent violence.
VicHealth research into community attitudes found that 98% of survey respondents indicated they were likely to intervene if they knew a woman experiencing domestic violence.
Simone O’Brien, White Ribbon Advocate and survivor of partner perpetrated violence says, “I owe my life to my neighbours. I would not be here today if it wasn’t for them. They saved my life. I would encourage everyone to get to know their neighbours. You feel safer knowing who lives near you.”
Now in its fifth year, White Ribbon Night is White Ribbon’s largest fundraiser and supports their national domestic violence prevention programs. White Ribbon’s primary prevention initiative aims to stop violence before it happens, through education, awareness raising and by challenging ingrained attitudes and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women.
Funds raised through community efforts on White Ribbon Night go towards the delivery of prevention programs in schools, workplaces and the wider community.
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 Flood, M. (2007). Background document for Preventing Violence Before It Occurs: A framework and background paper to guide the primary prevention of violence against women in Victoria.
White Ribbon Australia strongly advocates for the provision of paid domestic violence leave in modern awards. The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program is a key primary prevention initiative that is driving evidenced positive social and cultural workplace change. In meeting requirements under the Workplace Accreditation Program organisations must evidence provision for domestic violence leave.
This is vital because most women experiencing intimate partner violence are in paid work. Whether happening in a person’s private or professional life, violence against women impacts on women’s health, safety, productivity and capacity to do their work. Paid domestic violence leave supports women experiencing violence and can be an economic and social lifeline for women leaving a violent relationship.
We support the ongoing campaign, led by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), to grant paid domestic violence leave to all workers. This position was ratified by the White Ribbon Australia Board at its meeting on 30 July 2015. We are disappointed that the Fair Work Commission did not approve this plan in its decision handed down earlier this month. However, in approving unpaid domestic violence leave for modern awards, the Fair Work Commission has taken the first step. We commend the ACTU for the success of their campaign to date and will continue to advocate for the social and economic value of paid domestic violence leave for all workers.
 McFerran, L (2011) Safe at Home Safe at Work? National Domestic Violence and the Workplace survey, Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies, UNSW p.11
 Murray, S. & Powell, A. (2008). Working it out: Domestic violence issues and the workplace. Sydney, Australia: Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse. Retrieved from: http://bit.ly/1sfroKv p.4
On Friday 28th July White Ribbon is calling on all Australians to connect with their neighbours to help prevent violence against women and host a White Ribbon Night.
White Ribbon CEO, Libby Davies said: “This year’s White Ribbon Night is focusing on the benefits of strengthening community relationships, and building support networks within our neighbourhoods which can help prevent the occurrence of domestic violence.”
Simone O’Brien, White Ribbon Advocate and mother of three, was brutally attacked by a former partner in 2012, surviving only because three of her neighbours raced to her aid. Following the attack, Simone spent a month in intensive care, her devastating injuries resulting in being reliant on life support, and forcing her children to prepare to say goodbye to their mother.
“I would not be here today if it wasn’t for the help of my neighbours. I owe them my life. I would encourage everyone to get to know their neighbours. You never know what’s happening behind someone’s door and when you or someone else may need a helping hand,” said Ms O’Brien.
Alarmingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence.
White Ribbon Ambassador, Associate Professor Michael Flood said: “If we can build communities with strong norms of respect, non-violence, and equality, this will have a powerful impact on rates of domestic and family violence. Perpetrators will feel far less able to get away with using violence, victims will find it easier to seek support and to escape violence, and friends and neighbours will be more likely to take action when they suspect there is abuse.”
Research conducted by VicHealth into community attitudes indicates 98% of survey respondents show they were likely to intervene if they knew a woman experiencing domestic violence.
“White Ribbon Night is an opportunity for Australians to reach out to their neighbours, start important conversations which raise awareness of domestic violence against women and build strong community bonds that could be lifesaving,” said Libby.
White Ribbon’s primary prevention initiatives aim to stop violence before it happens, through education, awareness raising and by challenging ingrained attitudes and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women.
Funds raised through White Ribbon Night go towards prevention programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.
To get involved by hosting a White Ribbon Night visit:
Support White Ribbon by making a donation:
Media and interview requests, please contact Irina Kamychnikova on 0426 221 550
The Gold Coast Titans are helping to prevent the cycle of violence against women by selecting White Ribbon Australia as the charity beneficiary at their 10 Year Anniversary Gala Ball this Saturday, 8 July.
“The Titans and the Gold Coast community have been passionate supporters of White Ribbon for many years now. The funds from this important event will go a long way to supporting the many prevention projects in schools, workplaces and across the community,” said Liam Dooley, Executive Manager of Community Development at White Ribbon Australia.
“We look forward to continuing this work with the Titans for years to come.”
In an overwhelming response, tickets to the gala event have sold out, however the Gold Coast Titans are encouraging the wider community to get involved by participating in an online Silent Auction which is open to the public.
Items on auction include holidays, football memorabilia and “money can’t buy” experiences with members of the Gold Coast Titans.
Funds raised go towards supporting White Ribbon’s national primary prevention campaign, which aims to stop violence before it occurs, through education initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.