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.
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.
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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.
White Ribbon is proud to announce L’Oréal Australia has joined the campaign to prevent violence against women by becoming a Silver Sponsor.
L’Oréal Australia is focused on building the confidence of women and believes strongly in developing a nation that respects all women and allows them to live in safety, free from all forms of abuse.
Recently the L’Oréal Group was ranked Number 1 worldwide by Equileap for commitment to women’s empowerment and gender balance in the workforce. As a company L’Oréal Australia employs over 900 people nationwide and fosters a culture where both men and women thrive.
“The work White Ribbon does in Australia is vitally important to changing societal attitudes and behaviours, and we are pleased to be able to support this cause. As a male leader of a large Australian company, I am standing up, speaking out and acting to end men’s violence against women,” says Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia.
Through Silver Sponsorship, White Ribbon will be supported to deliver primary prevention initiatives that 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. White Ribbon is dedicated to delivering programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.
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“The Prime Minister is on the right track defending the fundamental right of every woman and child to live free from violence and abuse. Violence against women and children is not tolerated in Australia,” said Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon, in response to the Turnbull Government’s announcement that future citizen tests will focus heavily on respect for women and children, with possible questions about child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.
“All Australian citizens are obliged, legally, ethically and morally, to behave in a manner that is respectable at all times.
“We aim to build a nation that allows for each and every woman and child to live in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.
“We need to engage men in this issue and make women’s safety a man’s priority.
“In 2013-14 6,500 women and girls were hospitalised in Australia due to assault from a partner or spouse. Even one hospitalisation is too many.
“Most men recognise this and more are speaking out and acting to stop domestic and family violence across our diverse community.
“We place particular importance on educating men and having men speak with other men about violence against women and children.
“It is up to all men, together with women, to stand up, speak out and act to build a society based on respect, fairness and equality.”
CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies said, “This is the sad daily reality of domestic violence in Australia”.
“These figures are alarming and inexcusable; however not surprising.
“This report paints a disturbing picture for women between 20 and 34 years of age. Each year across Australia, 2,500 women in this age bracket experience physical violence to the level where they are being hospitalised.
These figures are likely to be a significant underestimate of women’s experiences of violence. Not all women will disclose their relationship to the perpetrator on presentation to hospital, and even more women will not go to hospital at all. Physical violence resulting in injury is just one form of violence and abuse that women experience. Verbal, social and financial abuse also causes significant harm to Australian women.
The new information we have today is a reminder of how far we have to go in ending men’s violence against women. It is critical men who chose to use violence are held accountable. All men can and must take responsibility for their role by being part of the solution alongside the women who are impacted.
“Most men recognise that any form of abuse or violence against their partner or spouse is unacceptable, and we need these men to stand up, speak out and act to build a society where these statistics are no longer our reality.”
 Figures are based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report: Domestic violence leading cause of hospitalised assault among girls and women and ABS 31010DO002_201603 Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2016
White Ribbon’s statement in response to the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia video
CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies, said in response to the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia that violence in any relationship is unacceptable.
“This video is abhorrent, it is not in keeping with the fundamental right of every woman to live free from violence and abuse.”
“Respectful relationships regardless of culture are built on mutual respect and it is never okay to use violence in any relationship.”
“The use of violence is about power and control and positions women as objects and not as equals.”
“It is an abuse of their fundamental right to be treated with equality and respect. Most men recognise this and more are speaking out and acting to stop domestic and family violence across our diverse community.”
“It is up to all men, together with women, to stand up, speak out and act to build a society based on respect, fairness and equality”
White Ribbon appoints Primary to help stand up against violence
White Ribbon Australia announced a major new partnership with Primary Communication to support the ongoing delivery of violence prevention campaigns working to educate and reduce the alarming levels of violence towards women in Australia.
Primary Communication will provide an integrated communication framework to raise awareness of White Ribbon and its extensive grassroots prevention programs across workplaces, schools and communities.
The fact that in Australia, over a twelve month period, at least one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence, and one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by someone they know, must be changed. Primary will drive a whole of community campaign approach to build engagement with men, boys, government and corporate leaders and key community stakeholders.
White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies said:
“We welcome Primary Communication on board to work with us on continuing to focus White Ribbon’s voice, enhancing our advocacy and prevention work and supporting men’s engagement to take action to stop men’s violence against women.”
Primary Communication’s Chief Counsel, Jenny Muir said:
“We are looking forward to working with White Ribbon to progress raising awareness of the devastating issues surrounding violence against women in Australia. Building a future free from violence and abuse requires diligent and creative campaigns across the community. Primary is proud to join White Ribbon at such a crucial period in Australia’s approach to this issue.”
“Primary is experienced in exposing highly sensitive, whole of community issues that need to engage difficult public conversations and secure critical behaviour change.
Primary Communication background in communicating social issues:
White Ribbon Australia is the latest addition to Primary Communication’s social issues portfolio which includes the Butterfly Foundation, ReachOut, Young and Well CRC, Mental Health Australia, Mental Health Commission NSW, and the Australian Human Rights Commission.
They will build on strong advocacy and social issues communication platform in Australia supporting mental and population health, youth, immigration, education, and social housing programs over the past twenty years.
White Ribbon recognises Tasmania’s efforts to end men’s violence against women
Tasmanian men and women, workplaces, schools, women’s services, clubs and government departments are leading community initiatives to end men’s violence against women.
On 23 March 2017, White Ribbon Australia is hosting an event in Hobart that will recognise these efforts and launch a new research paper by academics Professor Bob Pease, from the University of Tasmania, and Dr Ann Carrington from James Cook University, Cairns.
Tasmanian Police Commissioner Darren Hine will open the event. Speakers will include:
Professor Bob Pease and Dr Ann Carrington
Simone O’Brien, survivor of intimate partner violence and White Ribbon Advocate
Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia
Violence against women is an issue in every Australian community, and Tasmania is no exception. Liam Dooley, Executive Manager of Committees and Community Development at White Ribbon Australia said: ‘one in three women have experienced violence from someone they know, and on average one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner. No matter how often you hear these statistics, they are always shocking.’
The event will bring together people committed to changing these statistics and learning more about how men can be part of the solution. It will also celebrate the establishment of the Southern Tasmania White Ribbon Committee, a group of men and women committed to driving social change in their communities to end men’s violence against women.
‘The establishment of the Southern Tasmania White Ribbon Committee is another great example of how community momentum to end men’s violence against women is building in Tasmania’ said Liam Dooley. ‘We are seeing more and more individuals and organisations from across the community come together to advocate for social change. It is inspiring and has the potential to support local efforts addressing this serious social issue.’
White Ribbon Ambassadors and representatives from Tasmania’s 8 Accredited and participating White Ribbon Workplaces will also attend the event.
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White Ribbon Australia invites media to attend the event:
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Time: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
Location: Merino Room, The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, 1 Macquarie Street, Hobart
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