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Unite with your neighbours on White Ribbon Night to help prevent men’s violence against women

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 [1]. 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.

                                                                                              
Support White Ribbon by making a donation:
www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate

Find out more about White Ribbon:
www.whiteribbon.org.au

For media enquiries please contact Nell Cowan on Nell.Cowan@whiteribbon.org.au or 0459 356 335
[1] 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.

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