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Family violence must end – too many lives are lost

It is heartbreaking to hear of the sad news of the two teenagers who were killed yesterday evening in their family home in West Pennant Hills. Everyone is entitled to live in their home free of fear for their own safety.

Violence against family members is absolutely abhorrent and we must act together as a society to end all forms of abuse against women and children.

Domestic and family violence deaths are preventable. This incident is preventable. With one in four children in Australia exposed to domestic violence[1], it is past time we have a conversation with our family members, children and communities about all forms of harassment and abuse in order to ultimately end violence.

There is no excuse for violence. Investment in prevention and early intervention is critical to minimising the negative effects of violence on children[2]  We must stand up, speak out and act to end all forms of violence against women and children.

Our heart goes out to the family and friends affected by this tragedy.


For anyone needing support please phone 1800RESPECT for sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling – 1800 737 732

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

If you are in danger, please call the Police – 000

The White Ribbon campaign is the largest global social 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 the attitudes and behaviours that support men’s violence against women and gender inequality. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and prevention initiatives across communities, in schools, workplaces, universities and sporting codes.

  • One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.[3]
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace. [4]
  • 94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women.[5]
  • In a recent survey, 48% of respondents who had experienced domestic violence disclosed it to a manager or supervisor, and only 10% found their response helpful.[6]
  • Disclosure is often a traumatic experience for victims of violence, but it can also be a stressful time for supervisors receiving the disclosure. Training and support is critical.
  • The Australian Government estimates that domestic violence costs the business and corporate sector about $1.5 billion per annum. The direct cost to employers in terms of staff absenteeism, lost productivity replacement staff costs and misused workplace resources is estimated to cost $465 million per annum.[7]
  • Most workplaces will employ current, former or potential perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, using workplace practices to educate, deter and support in a structured social setting is critical.
  • Of those who reported experiencing family violence: nearly half the respondents reported that the violence affected their capacity to get to work—the major reason being physical injury or restraint; and in the last 12 months, 19% reported that family violence continued in the workplace, with 12% indicating it occurred in the form of abusive phone calls and emails, and 11% stating that it occurred by way of the violent person attending the workplace.[8]

[1] Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, 2011


[3] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012, cat. no. 4906.0. Retrieved from: © White Ribbon Australia 2014

[4] Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide. Retrieved from: © White Ribbon Australia 2014

[5] Pennay, D. & Powell, A. (2012). The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women: A full technical report. The Social Research Centre. Melbourne. Retrieved from: © White Ribbon Australia 2014

[6] McFerran, L. (2011). Safe at Home, Safe at Work? National Domestic violence and the workplace survey. Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse. Retrieved from: rvey_2011_Full_Report.pdf p. 13.

[7] National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2009). The cost of violence against women and their children.

[8] ADFVC, ADFVC National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey (2011).

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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