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National 7-10 school syllabus

White Ribbon acknowledges today’s announcement by the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

White Ribbon Australia acknowledges today’s announcement by Pru Goward, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, confirming that the national 7-10 school syllabus will have a focus on domestic violence prevention.

White Ribbon has been helping schools focus on their anti-violence education since 2009. A leader in this field, White Ribbon argues that working directly with schools, children and young people is essential in helping prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon Australia’s CEO Libby Davies said: ‘White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program is our award-winning professional learning program for principals and senior teachers. So far, the Program has engaged over 360 schools and 220,000 students to build more respectful, safer, and more inclusive Australian schools. We know that with our help, violence prevention in schools is working.’

White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program is based on the National Standards for Sexual Assault Prevention Education. This year, the Program is running in NSW, ACT, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

For more information White Ribbon Australia’s Breaking the Silence in Schools Program, please see:

http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/get-school-involved/

 

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

 

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White Ribbon Announces its Newest Ambassador – Reece Mastin

White Ribbon is excited to announce its newest ambassador, multi-award winning recording artist and performer Reece Mastin. The 20 year old is the third youngest ambassador to join the White Ribbon team.

In support of ending violence against women, the singer’s latest release depicts the trauma and repercussions of domestic violence.

Of his involvement with White Ribbon, Reece says: “I’m extremely proud to be a White Ribbon Ambassador, this is a cause I feel very strongly about. Violence against women is never acceptable and it horrifies me that one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner. I have 3 beautiful sisters and a lot of amazing women in my life. I want to do whatever I can to raise awareness around this massive issue in the community. I want people to know that I will not be silent. I call on others, young and old, to speak out against domestic violence.”

Statistics show that one in four Australians are exposed to domestic violence. Research indicates increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties from childhood exposure to intimate partner violence. Furthermore, children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to perpetrate this violence.

Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia, is delighted that Reece has joined the Ambassadors Program. She said: “ Reece’s engagement in the work of White Ribbon will hopefully encourage other young people to make the right choices – we are overwhelmed with the support shown by Reece and hope that together we can create positive behavioural change and combat the prevalence of violence against women.”

According to a survey conducted by Youth Action NSW and White Ribbon Australia released earlier this month, the majority of Australian young people believe domestic violence to be common in Australian society.

Reece Mastin’s new video Rebel and the Reason can be viewed here: http://vevo.ly/AkwcAQ For any further information about White Ribbon please visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.

Note to media

White Ribbon Australia asks all media professionals 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 for advice or support. In an emergency, call 000.

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

 

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White Ribbon Australia congratulates Mike Baird on his re-election

White Ribbon Australia congratulates Mike Baird on his re-election as Premier of NSW. Measures to address the impact of family and domestic violence on women, children and the NSW community featured among the commitments made by Mr. Baird and the NSW Liberals in the lead up to the election.

CEO of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies said: ‘In addition to being Premier of NSW, Mike Baird is also a White Ribbon Ambassador. We commend him and his party for their commitment to making NSW communities safer and look forward to working with the Government to see the promised party initiatives relative to family and domestic violence come to fruition’.

Family and domestic violence was a key election issue, reflecting the community’s interest in immediate and effective ways of dealing with violence against women. ‘Violence against women is an issue in every community and people have had enough’ said Ms. Davies. She also encouraged the Premier to strengthen the Government’s focus on violence prevention: ‘While it is vital we provide services to those experiencing violence, governments also need to invest in violence prevention to create long-term social change and make violence against women a thing of the past’ Ms. Davies said.

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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Australian young people deem domestic violence as commonplace in Australia today

More than three quarters (76%) of Australian young people feel that domestic violence is common in Australia

  • Only half of high school students (54%) report receiving information about domestic violence in school
  • Over one in four young males (28%) believe ‘girls like guys in charge of the relationship’

 

The majority of Australian young people believe domestic violence to be common in Australian society according to a survey conducted by Youth Action NSW and White Ribbon Australia released today.

The survey of over 3000 respondents examined attitudes of young people aged between 16-25 years and explored young people’s views toward gender stereotypes and violence in Australian society, including online domestic violence.

The study, designed to develop an understanding of young people’s awareness of and attitudes towards domestic violence, has revealed 83% of young females believe it to be common or very common in Australia and 60% of males.

Gender Stereotypes

CEO of White Ribbon Australia Libby Davies said, “The survey shows that young people have a good awareness of domestic violence, but they also show that some young people, particularly young men, hold attitudes that support gender stereotypes that lead to violence against women.”

The research revealed that males were more likely to agree with gender stereotypes, with key differences of perception and interesting gaps around the nature of power and dominance in relationships including:

Male

Female

  • Girls like guys who are in charge of the relationship

28%

11%

  • Men are usually better at more things than women

15%

3%

  • Men are supposed to be head of the household and take control of the relationship

19%

4%

Youth Action NSW Director, Policy & Advocacy, Eamon Waterford, said: “There are a lot more young Australian men out there who think women want them to take charge than there are women who agree with that. If one in five Australian men thinking they’re meant to be head of the household and controller of the relationship, when only one in 25 Australian women agree, then we have a hugely concerning situation. That’s why we think it’s vital to start exposing these gaps in understanding so a conversation can be started.”

Interpretations of Domestic Violence Explored Online

The research study also examined interpretations of what constitutes domestic violence with the majority less likely to consider more subtle behaviours, particularly those online as controlling, dominating or employed to instil fear.

Percentage of respondents who don’t consider the following as domestic violence:

 

Male

Female

  • Checking a partner’s email or phone without consent

33%

26%

  • Not showing a partner any love or affection

66%

45%

  • Constant yelling at partner

10%

4%

Respondents were found to get information about domestic violence from a vast array of sources including the general news (71%), television (59%) and newspapers (54%), but only 54% indicated that they received information about domestic violence at their school.

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said: “Violence against women has a clear and negative impact on children and young people’s behavioural, cognitive and emotional functioning, and social development. Schools must play a key role in educating young people and breaking the cycle of violence but only 54% of young people are getting information about domestic violence from their school. There is a critical need for collective action. It is everyone’s responsibility to make this happen: schools, workplaces, sporting clubs, politicians, and local communities alike must all play a role in ending men’s violence against women.”

For more information visit http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/understand-domestic-violence/research/ or www.youthaction.org.au

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON

The White Ribbon Campaign is the largest global male-led 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 attitudes and behaviours. The prevention work is driven through social marketing, the Ambassador Program and initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.

ABOUT YOUTH ACTION NSW

Youth Action is the peak organisation representing young people and youth services in NSW. Youth Action works towards a society where all young people are supported, engaged and valued.

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 National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 2017

White Ribbon Australia commends the decision by the Australian Government to provide $230 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness to 2017.

Housing services for women and children escaping domestic and family violence are essential. Data shows that domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children and that demand for homelessness services as a result of domestic violence is increasing (AIHW 2014). Almost 78,000 women and children that accessed specialist homelessness services in 2013/14 were escaping domestic and family violence, a 9% increase on 2012/13 figures (AIHW 2014: 39-40).

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said: ‘In providing priority funding to homelessness service providers working with women and children escaping domestic and family violence, the Australian Government is addressing a serious and worsening social issue. We welcome the funding announcement made today by the Minister for Social Services’.

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 article by Tanveer Ahmed in The Spectator Australia 14 March 2015

Tanveer Ahmed recently wrote an article in The Spectator Australia about the various ramifications of the opinion piece he wrote for The Australian on 9 February 2015. There are a number of factual inaccuracies in this article as it relates to his interactions with White Ribbon, most importantly the relationship between White Ribbon Australia and whiteribbon.org.

Dr Ahmed refers to whiteribbon.org as a ‘splinter group’ of the White Ribbon Campaign. This is an incorrect and dangerous statement. The work of whiteribbon.org is completely distinct from and antagonistic to the White Ribbon Campaign worldwide, including White Ribbon Australia. White Ribbon Australia staff made this clear to Dr Ahmed during our discussions with him in February.

White Ribbon Australia remains focused on the prevention of men’s violence against women. We will continue working with the more than 2,300 White Ribbon Ambassadors across the country, our supporters and the schools and workplaces participating in our violence prevention programs. We are proud to work with these individuals and groups that are committed to helping create real social change and making Australian communities safer for women and girls.

For more information about White Ribbon Australia visit: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

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 call from Bill Shorten

White Ribbon Australia welcomes the call from Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten to Prime Minister Tony Abbott to hold a national crisis summit on family violence.
Libby Davies, CEO of White Ribbon Australia said: “Men’s violence against women is a serious social issue in Australia and has been for decades. Now this issue is a more focused spotlight there is a critical opportunity for government and services to better work together to create real social change”.
Ms. Davies also called on governments to increase support for violence prevention: “There is evidence that prevention is working. We have data showing that White Ribbon programs are driving the attitudinal and behavioural change needed to stop men’s violence against women. We hope the Prime Minister engages with Labour’s proposal and additionally commits support for violence prevention work.”
The proposed $73 million interim package will support essential tertiary services working with women. These services, together with the proposed investment in perpetrator mapping, are critical in ensuring women experiencing violence are able to safely leave violent relationships.
As identified by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, COAG is an important forum for domestic and family violence issues. Making this issue a standing item on the COAG agenda will help address important jurisdictional issues relating to perpetrators and women’s safety, however services and prevention action that have been proven to be effective need adequate funding. Despite the bipartisan commitment to the National Plan, many tertiary support services have lost funding.

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 Sign as Bulldogs Major Community Partner

A determination to see all women living in safety, free from violence and abuse has led to the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs today becoming the first professional sporting team in Australia to sign White Ribbon as their major community partner.

The Club has committed to assisting White Ribbon in their work to eliminate violence against women with a three year partnership that will see:

  • all players taking the White Ribbon Oath in which they swear never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women
  • the Bulldogs becoming a White Ribbon accredited work place & encouraging business partners to follow their lead
  • players trained to operate as White Ribbon Ambassadors
  • the delivery of the White Ribbon Schools programme to five schools within the Canterbury Bankstown District during every year of the partnership
  • promotion of White Ribbon messaging through game day activations
  • provision of significant fundraising opportunities for White Ribbon

Every week at least one Australian woman dies as a result of domestic violence and the entire Bulldogs playing squad, staff, Board and supporters will take their first steps towards helping change community behaviours that perpetuate violence when they join the official White Ribbon Day march through Lakemba on Tuesday 25 November.

“If we are going use to our profile to make the community a better place, we need to be passionate about the cause,” said Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle.

“Since joining the Bulldogs it has been very apparent that our playing group and our staff are strongly opposed to violence against women.

“White Ribbon is committed to engaging with men and boys to change behaviours and attitudes that lead to violence against women and through a comprehensive campaign that involves our players and supporters we are determined to help them make a difference.”

Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman says the playing group is united in their desire for all mothers, daughters, wives, partners and friends to be able to live a life free from violence and abuse.

“We want to use our voices to let as many people as possible know that violence against women is not acceptable,” Tolman said.

“We want the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the club or individual players on Facebook, twitter, Instagram, anybody who watches our games on TV or reads about us in the paper to know exactly where we stand on this issue.

“We want blokes to know how to respond if they see or hear of acts of violence against women and we’ll be working in the schools to try and prevent the sort of behaviour that can lead to violence against and women.”

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies expects the ground breaking partnership with the Bulldogs will impact the local community and clearly indicate to all the Club’s leadership in preventing violence in the Canterbury Bankstown district.

“This is a very strategic partnership for us because we know that the Bulldogs are the heart and soul of a very proud area.  When their players talk, people listen and it is important for White Ribbon to have a partner with such a strong influence, particularly over men,” Davies said.

“With rates of domestic violence in Bankstown well above the state average and still growing, we need to inspire significant behavioural change and we’re looking forward to working with the Bulldogs to make this happen.”

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

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White Ribbon Australia & Virgin Australia partner to prevent violence against women

White Ribbon has joined forces with leading Australian airline, Virgin Australia to raise awareness of the issue of violence against women.

White Ribbon aims to end men’s violence against women by changing the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate this violence, and promoting the positive role men play in preventing it.

As part of the new partnership, White Ribbon will be able to deliver further violence prevention education to schools and communities across Australia, utilising Virgin Australia’s extensive domestic network.

Virgin Australia will also launch a range of activities to help drive awareness of the national issue including an acknowledgment of White Ribbon on the cover of the November issue of the airline’s in-flight magazine Voyeur.

To mark White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2014, Virgin Australia cabin crew across the domestic and international network will be wearing a White Ribbon and the airline will be conducting fundraising initiatives throughout their offices and selected airports around Australia.

White Ribbon Australia Chief Executive Officer, Libby Davies, said: “This partnership complements the national focus of each organisation and their shared commitment to preventing men’s violence against women. Violence against women is a national issue, with an average of one woman a week killed by a current or former partner. This violence is estimated to cost the Australian economy $14.4 billion every year.

“Virgin Australia is an innovative Australian airline with national reach and a strong culture of mutual respect. Together, we can promote White Ribbon’s message around the country in new and exciting ways while supporting the sustainability of our work. Corporate partnerships like this are critical to driving violence prevention across the community”, Ms Davies said.

Virgin Australia Group Executive of People, Culture and Sustainability, Geraldine Chin Moody said: “We are extremely proud to be partnering with Australia’s only national, male-led campaign to end violence towards women.

“We believe business is a force for good and can be a strong driver for change. At Virgin Australia, we pride ourselves on maintaining a diverse workforce and a strong set of internal values for our people. We want to harness the strength of our workforce to raise awareness and help put a stop to this growing problem in Australia,” Ms Chin Moody said

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

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