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A message from the Chair to the Editor of Daily Telegraph

White Ribbon Australia recognises Nina Funnell’s experience as a survivor of men’s violence against women and supports her right to voice her views, as per her column in today’s Daily Telegraph. I write to address some of the criticisms and inaccuracies directed at us.

The comments made by Collingwood president Eddie McGuire last Monday about Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson on Triple M are symptomatic of a culture which normalises attitudes and behaviours that promote the disrespect of women that at the most pointy end results in violence against women.

Words have power and we need our media outlets to be leaders in promoting words that drive respect and gender equality. Understanding the power of words and their appropriate use in driving respect and gender equality is why White Ribbon is conducting training of Triple M on-air staff, including McGuire, in July. This training exemplifies the primary prevention work of White Ribbon. Nina misunderstands and inaccurately portrays the critical primary prevention role of White Ribbon. She also inaccurately fails to understand the advocacy work we undertake to see better resourcing of services to support those who experience domestic violence. Our work is based on a sound research, best practice and independently evaluated approach.

At White Ribbon we believe in behaviour change. We are dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours at the core of men’s abuse of women. Our primary prevention programs focus on driving attitudinal and behavioural change to stop violence before it starts. White Ribbon Ambassadors are men who speak out to address sexism, lack of respect and attitudes that can lead to men’s violence against women. The inclusion of a former perpetrator in the program is considered if he speaks from a position of reform and rehabilitation. The message from such a position can be powerful when directed to men, especially those who continue to perpetrate violence against women.

White Ribbon Workplaces are part of the award winning accreditation program that has reached half a million Australian employees and helps to create safer and more respectful workplaces, including those in traditionally male-dominated industries.

White Ribbon’s ‘Breaking the Silence’ Schools Program introduces models of respectful relationships into the school curriculum, giving staff and students an understanding of gender stereotyping and harmful behaviours.

These are just some of the tangible programs run by White Ribbon that with time will lead to a lowering of the need for frontline services. That is the Australia we hope for.

Nick Cowdery AM QC

Chair

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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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Response to Eddie McGuire and jokes in media

MEDIA STATEMENT – 20 JUNE 2016

The comments made by Collingwood president Eddie McGuire about Fairfax journalist Caroline Wilson are completely unacceptable. They are examples of language that demean women and reinforce violence-supporting attitudes.

The use of disrespectful language creates a culture in which violence against women is not taken seriously. It creates an environment in which there is little chance for change.

Joking about being violent towards a woman is disrespectful and condones violence. We need our media outlets and our sporting codes to be leaders, to be role models for respect and gender equality.

White Ribbon Australia, along with community and sector partners, is at the forefront of trying to change the attitudes and behaviours that undermine our collective efforts to generate positive social change.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone and can take many forms. It’s an abuse of power and control that usually involves a pattern of violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by a partner, ex-partner, carer or family member to control, dominate or instill fear.

Domestic violence doesn’t have to be physical abuse. It can be emotional, psychological, financial, sexual or other types of behaviour that exert power and control.

 

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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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White Ribbon response to Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence Report and Recommendations

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) has formally responded to the findings of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence (The Commission), released on 30 March 2016.

The White Ribbon response:

  • Affirms and commends the findings of The Commission and its emphasis on a whole-of-community approach to primary prevention in Victoria.
  • Urges the Victorian Government to avoid adopting strategies, practices and policies that duplicate existing efforts.
  • Promotes investment in established and proven initiatives for effective and efficient implementation of the 227 recommendations.
  • Outlines the work, reach and outcomes of White Ribbon Campaigns and Programs.
  • Alerts The Commission to errors in the report about White Ribbon

The purpose of the comments is to contribute to the plan of the Victorian Government to implement all 227 recommendations made by the Commission. Read White Ribbon’s response here.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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Ethnic and Cultural Stereotypes Frustrate Efforts to End Mens Violence Against Women

Australia is a multicultural and diverse country, with approximately a third of the Australian population born overseas and 20% with at least one parent born overseas. A new report released today explores how efforts to prevent men’s violence against women can be more effective when issues of diversity are taken into account.

The report, written by Dr Adele Murdolo and Dr Regina Quiazon of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and commissioned by White Ribbon Australia, investigates how to best work with immigrant and refugee men in the prevention of violence against women.

“In popular culture, immigrant and refugee men are represented as being more ‘traditional’, oppressive and violent while immigrant and refugee women are portrayed as more oppressed and passive,” said Dr Murdolo.

The report describes how these stereotypes of immigrant men and women and communities present major challenges to violence prevention work. It calls for a more complex and dynamic understanding of culture that takes into account gender, race and socio-economic status.

Sunila Kotwal, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at White Ribbon Australia, said: “Violence against women is an issue in every Australian community and culture. There is no evidence that immigrant and refugee men are more violent than other men.”

“We want everyone in Australia to hear our message: that violence against women is never acceptable and must end. With the support of the Australian and NSW Governments, White Ribbon is taking its grassroots campaign to Australia’s many culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The best practice strategies identified in this report will help us advance this work.”

The report reinforces the need for a variety of violence prevention initiatives in different settings: “To engage immigrant and refugee men in violence prevention, we need to look beyond their communities. Men don’t belong to just one culture or community, they’re also members of other social and cultural groups including workplaces, schools, communities and sports clubs,” said Dr Murdolo.

Overall, the report highlights the need for men to be guided by the leadership of women in violence prevention in Australia.

“We still have a lot to learn about the most effective practices , Dr Quiazon said, “but engaging men as partners to advance the work already being carried out by immigrant and refugee women will get us closer to achieving  gender equality for all women.”

This paper has been published as part of the White Ribbon Research Series. The full report is available here.


ABOUT THE MULTICULTURAL CENTRE FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH

The Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is an award-winning women’s health organisation that promotes the wellbeing of immigrant and refugee women across Australia through advocacy, social action, multilingual education, research and capacity building.

MCWH is guided by the leadership of immigrant and refugee women in achieving equity and promoting their health and wellbeing. MCWH is committed to listening to, and representing, their voices in all their diversity, and in placing their issues at the centre of advocacy and policy development.

MCWH works together with immigrant and refugee women, community organisations, health practitioners, employers, communities and governments to achieve equity and improve health and wellbeing for immigrant and refugee women.

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

 

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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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White Ribbon is Breaking the Silence: Leading the Way In Respectful Relationships Education

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) understands that engaging with children and young people is key to creating social change and ending men’s violence against women. The statistics are shocking, with one in four women affected by intimate partner violence in their lifetime and 1 in 4 children exposed to domestic violence, a recognized form of child abuse .

Today, White Ribbon is proud to announce that an additional 116 schools across Australia have completed White Ribbon’s award-winning Breaking the Silence Schools Program.

The Breaking the Silence Program complements existing school curricula, giving teachers and students the opportunity to embed respectful relationships education in a way that is meaningful and sustainable for that particular school. It integrates with numerous school frameworks such as the National Safe Schools Framework, to provide a whole of school approach to student wellbeing.

The Program directly aligns with the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022) and the findings of the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence. Both identify schools as a priority for violence prevention.

“We congratulate these schools on their leadership to bring about social change. What children and young people learn about respectful relationships today will set them up for the rest of their lives. That’s a real investment in Australia’s future,” Nicholas Cowdery, Chair of White Ribbon Australia said.

“By giving staff and students the means and language to deal with harmful messages, to understand gender stereotyping and to talk openly about respect, this award-winning initiative is breaking the silence about domestic violence.”

The Breaking the Silence Program has reached over 220,000 students and 15,600 principals from both primary and secondary schools. Independent evaluation demonstrates the program is working. It is evidencing positive attitudinal and behavioural change.

This year, White Ribbon is working with schools across every State and Territory to bring respectful relationships education and lasting social change to the next generation of young Australians.

White Ribbon offers the Program at no cost to participants.

Schools wishing to take part the 2016-17 Program should register their interest by 3 June 2016: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-school-involved/

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Background

CHILDREN AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

In Australia, one in four children are exposed to domestic violence. Exposure to domestic violence is recognised as a form of child abuse.

Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.

There is an increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties from childhood exposure to intimate partner violence.

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

In April 2016, 116 schools across New South Wales (71), Victoria (11), Tasmania (5), South Australia (26), and Western Australia (3) completed White Ribbon’s award-winning program.

 

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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Waratahs take to the field to prevent men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) and the NSW Waratahs will team up for Super Rugby Round 11, with ‘Ladies Day’ and the ‘Catch to Win and Give’ charity initiative to be held on 7 May 2016.

The NSW Waratahs are taking the opportunity to tackle the issue of men’s violence against women by hosting Round 11 in support of White Ribbon.  The club’s commitment to ending men’s violence against women is demonstrated through their support of White Ribbon during this round.

As the largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women, White Ribbon is committed to working with elite sporting teams such as the Waratahs to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence.  Statistics show that one in four Australian women are exposed to domestic violence and on average one woman a week is killed as a result of intimate partner violence.

“We are pleased to be working with the Waratahs to broaden our reach to men and women and build upon the momentum of support we are seeing amongst sporting codes. The Waratahs are highlighting their commitment to this issue and the commitment expected of its players, staff and fans” Nicholas Cowdery, White Ribbon Chair, said.

“This round reinforces our respect of women in the game, our female fans, the importance of role modelling to young boys and our confidence in staff and players to reinforce the message that men’s violence against women is never acceptable. We are committed to standing alongside White Ribbon and its supporters and commit to the White Ribbon Oath, to stand up, speak out and act to prevent this issue that has such devastating long term impacts on our society.” Waratahs and NSW Rugby CEO, Andrew Hore said.

The Round will see the Waratahs raise awareness through a variety of White Ribbon activations and funds for White Ribbon by handing out ‘Catch to WIN and GIVE’ t-shirts. The t-shirts provide fans with the opportunity to win cash prizes while also nominating a participating charity to receive a further donation from the Club.

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ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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Budget 2016: More investment needed to break cycles of violence

The 2016 Budget announcement raises concerns about the Australian Government’s commitment to breaking cycles of violence. Significant investment in family violence services and programs is vital to keeping Australian women and their children safe.

Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, said: ‘We commend the Australian Government’s commitment to continuing to drive strategies under the Third National Action Plan for 2016-2019. However, last night’s budget released insufficient additional support to address this scourge that affects Australian communities.’

Ms. Davies said: ‘The family violence sector desperately needs adequate funding to support both women and children experiencing violence as well investment in initiatives that work to prevent this violence from happening in the first place, so we can truly end the cycle of violence.’

The importance of primary prevention been identified, yet primary prevention initiatives remain critically underfunded.

White Ribbon Australia runs a national violence prevention campaign and programs in schools and workplaces. Less than 10% of funding for this work comes from government sources, despite evaluations indicating that White Ribbon programs are changing the attitudes and behaviours that results in men’s violence against women.

Ms. Davies said: ‘Prevention needs more funding, but not at the expense of service provision. To truly break cycles of violence we need a commitment from Government to increase funding across the board and invest in established initiatives that are already delivering positive outcomes and demonstrating impact.’

A whole-of-government approach is key to addressing the complexity of men’s violence against women and to realising the extensive social benefits that will accrue from its eradication.

Ms. Davies said: ‘Examining and addressing men’s violence against women across portfolios is key to creating long-term social change and will ultimately lead to cost savings for governments. Unfortunately, the funding structure for family violence initiatives in the 2016 Budget has not taken this approach. Together with a considerable funding shortfall, this budget is disappointing.’

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ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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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New survey data sheds light on the impact of family violence on women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Violence against women impacts every Australian community and is an issue for us all. Yesterday’s release of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) data, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Canberra, has revealed more about how family violence impacts on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and communities.

Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon, said: ‘The data released yesterday is confronting, but having this information helps us further develop approaches to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities on ending men’s violence against women. It will also help us evaluate the effectiveness of these approaches.’

The findings of the survey indicate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are four times more likely than men to experience partner violence; 28% of women who had experienced physical violence in the last 12 months said that their current or former partner was the perpetrator. The data also indicates the impact of family violence on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women; 63% of women reporting a recent experience of physical violence identified a family member (including a current or previous partner) as the perpetrator, compared with 35% of males. This is evidence of the ongoing need for violence prevention campaigns and programs that target Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities in culturally appropriate ways.

White Ribbon began this work through the White Ribbon Diversity Program, launched in 2014 and funded for four years by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. The Diversity Program focuses on making the White Ribbon Campaign and Programs more inclusive through meaningful and respectful collaboration with communities across Australia.

Sunila Kotwal, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at White Ribbon said: ‘We are working with a reference group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations to guide and better connect us with communities through local events, workshops, training and forums. We are also developing White Ribbon resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to raise awareness about men’s violence against women and to encourage and support them to join this Campaign to end violence against women’.

To date, White Ribbon’s Diversity Program has led to a 17% increase in Ambassadors identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and over 160 men attending culturally appropriate training in the prevention of men’s violence against women. ‘The NATSISS data released today reminds us why we need to do this work’, Ms. Kotwal said.

For more information on White Ribbon’s Diversity Program, visit: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/about/diversity-and-inclusion/

About the NATSISS

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) survey data brings together a broad range of information that explores cultural identity, social networks, housing, health, employment and education, crime and justice experiences and general life satisfaction.

The NATSISS is conducted every six years. It was first run in 1994, responding to various recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Deaths in Custody for a better information base to understand the socio-economic circumstances and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

This was the first time such a wide ranging and comprehensive survey of Australia’s First Peoples was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), or any other government agency

About White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

The Vision of White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, if for a nation that respects women, in which every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. The purpose is engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.

White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and marketing campaigns, partnerships and preventative programs that are independently evaluated, based on best practice and shown to be effective, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

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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A Further Nine Workplaces Accredited by White Ribbon Australia for Taking Action to Prevent Men’s Violence Against Women

Today, White Ribbon Australia celebrates the accreditation of nine organisations as White Ribbon Workplaces. This brings the total number of White Ribbon accredited workplaces in Australia to 45. A further 120 workplaces are currently working towards accreditation.

The program is rigorous. Over an 18 month period, participating workplaces must satisfy 15 assessment criteria under three separate standards. They submit evidence of extensive staff consultation, staff engagement, staff training as well as new and improved HR policies and procedures.

“We congratulate these workplaces for their exceptional commitment to driving social change,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC Chair of White Ribbon.

“With one in three women experiencing physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them in Australia, the likelihood of a workplace employing a current, former or potential perpetrator and one or more victims of domestic violence is high.”

“Workplace Accreditation gives employers across all sectors the means to create and sustain a working environment based on equality and mutual respect. The benefits of standing up and speaking out about men’s violence against women extend beyond the immediate office environment.”

Branding as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace occurs when an organisation provides documented evidence against the Accreditation Framework. To date, this internationally recognised White Ribbon Australia Program has reached over 400,000 Australian employees since the program began.

“The diversity of organisations that we are accrediting today, from the public and private sectors, from small to large employers, is impressive. Each and every one recognises that ending men’s violence against women is 100% a workplace issue.  They are committed to developing a workplace culture that demonstrates respect and gender equality.” Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia said.

Accreditation lasts for 3 years. Applications for re-accreditation must evidence a sustained commitment to the journey of attitudinal and behavioural change. White Ribbon will be reviewing the accreditation status of the organisations that took part in the 2013 pilot program later this year.

Organisations can visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-workplace-involved/workplace-accreditation/ to register their interest.

Accredited Workplaces March 2016

  1. Berry Street, Victoria
  2. Blacktown City Council, New South Wales
  3. Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Queensland
  4. Department of Correctional Services NT, Northern Territory
  5. Greater Dandenong City Council, Victoria
  6. Mildura Rural City Council, Victoria
  7. P&O Maritime Australasia
  8. Relationships Australia SA, South Australia
  9. The Department of the Treasury, Australian Government

About Violence Against Women and the Workplace  

One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.[1]

One in five women experience harassment within the workplace.[2]

94% of employees agree employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women.[3]

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.[4]

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. [5]

About White Ribbon Australia

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon), as part of this global movement, aims to create an Australian society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. White Ribbon works through a primary prevention approach understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men’s violence against women. We engage men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand change.

White Ribbon is dedicated to ensuring men are active advocates for changing the social norms, attitudes and behaviours that are at the root of men’s abuse of women. Through education, awareness-raising and creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, we are highlighting the positive role men play in preventing men’s violence against women and enabling them to be part of this social change.

For media interviews contact Sally Burleigh: Sally@sbpr.com.au and 0419 516 889

 

 


[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Personal Safety, Australia, 2012

[2] Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide.

[3] 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.

[4] VicHealth, 2009, National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.

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

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