Prevent men’s violence against women

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No excuse for family violence. Don’t Sit on the Sidelines – Stand Up, Speak Out and Act

The family violence witnessed last weekend at a child’s sports game in Sydney is appalling and unacceptable. Violence within a family-unit should never be tolerated, and sadly violence in this family has been normalised. The role of the bystander is to safely intervene and stop abuse, when they witness accounts of abuse and violence towards women.

White Ribbon supports the police investigation into this violent outburst.

Men’s violence against women and children is preventable through education and action. When we teach our children, family and friends about respectful relationships, and practice it ourselves on a daily basis, we can truly end violence against women and children.

We need more men to stand up to violence and disrespectful men to reduce all forms of violence and disrespect.

1 in 3 women have experienced physical or sexual violence by someone they know. This statistic is unacceptable, but can be changed through a concerted investment and effort in prevention, across every aspect of Australians society.

We need to teach our children about respect for one another and how to disagree in a healthy manner which does not cause physical or emotional harm to another.

White Ribbon is calling on all Australians to stand up and speak out to end all forms of violence against women and children. The sporting community is critical to promoting respectful relationships and mobilising community action to prevent violence against women. Sporting clubs play an integral role in calling-out this poor behaviour and embedding a sporting culture, which promotes respect and equality.

With White Ribbon Night weekend next weekend, 27-29 July, we are calling on our sporting communities to play an integral role in ending abuse and disrespect against women. Don’t just sit on the sidelines – stand up, speak out and act to stop violence against women.


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For media enquiries please contact Irina Kamychnikova on 0426 221 550.

Note to media

White Ribbon Australia asks all media to include the following line when reporting on incidents of men’s violence against women:

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This free service providing confidential advice is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.

For urgent support call Lifeline 13 11 14

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

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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