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Systems Change: Marking the End of Australia’s Broken Family Violence System

White Ribbon Australia congratulates the Victorian Government on embracing the findings and all 227 recommendations released today by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.

The Report of The Royal Commission into Family Violence highlights the failing processes and broken structures that impede the adequate support for victims and perpetrators. Importantly, it also identifies the direct actions and responses required of government and others to address and invest in the different challenges and changes required to overhaul the existing system.

Chief Executive of White Ribbon, Libby Davies said:

“This Report marks a turning point for all individuals and agencies engaged in ending domestic and family violence in Australia. The Report identifies a broken system and how this can be addressed. A unified, collective plan of action and data sharing across jurisdictions is essential for the welfare of women and their children to be protected.”

The report also emphasises the importance of primary prevention in priority settings, including workplaces and schools.

“Primary prevention, including the work undertaken by White Ribbon Australia and others in the sector, is central to driving the systemic and cultural change identified in the Report. A whole-of-organisation approach is pivotal to primary prevention. This includes respectful relationships education and workplace engagement” Ms. Davies said.

To date, more than 350 schools across Australia have completed White Ribbon’s Breaking the Silence Schools Program. Breaking the Silence, informed by evidence-based best practice and continued evaluation, supports school leadership to embed models of respectful relationships through a whole of school approach.

45 organisations are accredited as White Ribbon Workplaces, with another 120 organisations currently working towards accreditation. This internationally recognised program provides a rigorous and structured framework to address gender inequality and develop primary prevention strategies tailored to each organisation. The Program has reached over 400,000 Australian employees since it began.

Culture and systems change go hand in hand in this nationwide commitment to end gendered violence in Australia. White Ribbon looks forward to working with the Victorian Government to realise a nation without family violence.

 

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

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 and Formula One speak out about men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia is taking men’s violence against women to the 2016 Formula 1®  Rolex Australian Grand Prix on 17 – 20 March 2016.

The White Ribbon campaign recognises the positive role that men play in preventing men’s violence against women, based on the understanding that most men aren’t violent.

In 2016, Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix will reach a global audience of 500,000 as the world’s leading drivers compete at Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit for the winning position.

As the Official Charity of Choice for 2016, White Ribbon is very pleased to be working with one of Australia’s most popular and anticipated sporting events to shine a light on the issue of domestic violence:

“This is a unique and valuable opportunity for White Ribbon to reach an audience of this size and to engage with both men and boys, challenging them to understand what they can do to help drive social change. We are truly overwhelmed with the support shown by Formula 1® and hope that together we can have a positive and lasting influence, helping to combat the prevalence of men’s violence against women,” said Nicholas Cowdery AM QC and Chair of White Ribbon.

“Statistics show that on average, at least 1 woman a week is killed at the hands of a current or former male partner in Australia. It has never been this important to educate about prevention,” Nicholas said.

White Ribbon encourages men to stand up, speak out and act to influence the actions of some men and demand social change. The Australian Grand Prix audience is predominately male, which aligns well with this message.

Over the four days of this international gathering, White Ribbon will contribute to an array of different activities. White Ribbon Ambassadors will be present across all of the four themed days: Man Day, Ladies Day, Family Day and Awareness Day.

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

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.

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

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Domestic violence, professional sporting codes and the future of violence against women in Australia

This week, the media’s eyes return to our country’s sporting codes and the issue of player behaviour off the field.

White Ribbon and sector partners are working with the NRL to continue the cultural shift needed to drive the attitudinal and behavioural changes that must be embraced by all players in relation to violence against women. Three organisations will join in a coalition the NRL has established to further tackle this issue.

As an organisation, White Ribbon respects the integrity of our nation’s legal processes. However, we also know that to make lasting cultural, attitudinal and behavioural changes, transparency and affirmative action are needed from the time allegations of violence against a woman first arise. It is also imperative that all parties are supported during the investigation of any criminal charge.

The NRL must maximise its opportunities to reach and educate players, particularly young players, about the risks and consequences of men’s violence against women; and to reinforce the unacceptability of that behaviour. They are the sporting leaders of tomorrow.

The NRL also has the potential to reach and educate their fans, particularly younger fans, on what is and what is not acceptable behaviour.

The coalition’s initiatives will build upon the educational and community engagement programs the NRL already runs.

“We understand there are major roadblocks to enforcing better practices in the complexities of player contracts and individual club ethos and practices. The presumption of innocence until proven guilty must also be observed.

White Ribbon expects the NRL clubs to deal with the issue of violence to women and children as severely as drinking and drug related misconduct. The small minority of players who bring the code into disrepute in those ways must be treated according to the same standards when the matter relates to domestic violence” Nicholas Cowdery, White Ribbon Chair, said.

“Nothing should stand in the way of our having complete confidence in our sporting heroes as role models. The safety and well-being of our women and children are also served by their adherence to high standards of behaviour.”

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.

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

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 Australia appoints new Chair

White Ribbon Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of White Ribbon Ambassador Professor Nicholas Cowdery AM QC as the Chair of the Board.

Professor Cowdery comes to the White Ribbon Board with extensive experience as a Barrister since 1971 that includes the role of Director of Public Prosecutions for New South Wales for over 16 years and elected President of the International Association of Prosecutors.  Professor Cowdery holds a number of honorary university academic positions, consults for a number of organisations including The United Nations, and is a member of the National Human Rights Committee of the Law Council of Australia, the Institute of Criminology Advisory Committee, the Criminal Law Committee of the NSW Bar Association and the NSW Sentencing Council. He was inaugural Co-Chair of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.

“We welcome Nicholas Cowdery as the new Chair of the White Ribbon Australia Board of Directors,” said Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia. “His outstanding career, service to the Australian community and as a long term White Ribbon Ambassador, are invaluable assets as we continue to grow White Ribbon. His proven leadership and commitment to positive social change will serve the organisation well.”

“As a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2009 I have been involved with and witnessed the critical work of White Ribbon in engaging men to be part of the change to prevent violence and abuse against women. I am honoured to be part of an organisation that focuses on such an important issue and that is driving critical change” newly appointed Chair Nicholas Cowdery said.

Joining Nicholas Cowdery are, from Victoria, newly appointed director Nick Mazzarella, Manager Major Projects, Whittlesea City Council, and White Ribbon Ambassador since 2008 and, from the ACT, newly appointed director Bernie Pearce, Australian Government Aid Program (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and White Ribbon Ambassador since 2011.

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. 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

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Statement: Mark Latham’s Podcast on Triple M

STATEMENT – 22 January 2015 –

Domestic violence is a complex social issue. In understanding and preventing this violence it is vital to involve men, which is why White Ribbon Australia works with organisations such as Triple M that have a strong male following.

Mark Latham’s views on domestic violence, as aired by Triple M, show his lack of understanding and knowledge of this complex issue, including its prevalence, causes and community response.

Triple M are committed to bringing the conversation on men’s violence against women to the fore. They stand by their decision to run Mark Latham’s podcast as they believe the conversation needs to happen amongst men no matter how uncomfortable it is and the view presented.

Through such conversations, we as a community, can address the falsehoods that influence some men’s response. White Ribbon works with partners to encourage conversations, and exchanges that promote an informed understanding of the issue.

White Ribbon is about men talking to and listening to other men to drive understanding and prevention of the abuse of women. It’s about men letting other men know that men’s violence against women in any form is never okay.

John Rosewarne, Chair, White Ribbon Australia

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 Comments on Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2015

White Ribbon commends the review by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee (the Committee) of proposed legislative changes to address recommendations 118 and 120 of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence report Not Now, Not Ever.

White Ribbon Australia (White Ribbon) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment in relation to the Criminal Law (Domestic Violence) Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2015 (The Bill).  To see the full statement, click here.

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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Today is White Ribbon Day – National Day to Stop Men’s Violence against Women

Today is White Ribbon Day!

In Australia, all women should live in safety, free from all forms of men’s violence. Sadly, this is not the case. On average, more than one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner. This deeply disturbing fact is only one tragic part of the bigger story surrounding domestic violence.

The Australian community is uniting to focus on stopping the scourge of Domestic Violence. White Ribbon, now in its 12th year, asks Australians to take a stand today to end men’s violence against women. This campaign focuses on the positive role men can play to influence the actions of those few men who use violence and break the cycle of violence in society.

The White Ribbon campaign runs year-long, culminating today. Throughout the year and particularly in November, White Ribbon events are held across Australia to educate and raise awareness about men’s violence against women. They reflect the power of the community to drive change.

White Ribbon’s mission is making women’s safety a man’s issue too. Men are standing up, speaking out and acting to prevent violence. The prevention work of White Ribbon takes place in schools, workplaces and across the wider community. White Ribbon’s Programs provide the tools to drive cultural change, recognising the vital role of, and actions required by, all men to prevent violence against women.

“White Ribbon applauds communities across Australia uniting on Wednesday 25th November in support of bringing an end to men’s violence against women. These communities represent the critical role of collective action to drive change. It is everyone’s responsibility to make this happen. We need ongoing action amongst our schools, workplaces, sporting clubs and politicians, if we are to become a society committed to respect, stopping the violence and delivering true gender equality” said John Rosewarne, Chair of White Ribbon Australia.  

THE MEDIA CAN HELP STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The media have a vital role in helping to raise awareness of violence against women. White Ribbon is inviting journalists to play a part in ending violence against women in Australia by featuring stories and raising awareness within the community.

White Ribbon is also encouraging media to wear a white ribbon today. If you, or members of your team, wish to wear a White Ribbon or would like to arrange an interview of someone with a personal story of violence or a White Ribbon Ambassador, then please contact Selena O’Hare at SBPR (details below). We ask that you make contact as soon as possible due to the number of enquiries at this time. A full list of White Ribbon Ambassadors available for interview can be provided.

White Ribbon invites Australians to show their support for White Ribbon Day by taking the new Oath online (www.whiteribbon.org.au/day), hosting or attending one of the many White Ribbon events taking place across Australia (www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/fundraising-events/) or purchasing White Ribbon wristbands (https://store.whiteribbon.org.au/).

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.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 prevention initiatives with communities, schools, universities, sporting codes and workplaces.

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

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White Ribbon Australia awards 14 Organisations with White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

White Ribbon Australia has today conferred the tile of ‘White Ribbon Accredited Workplace’ to 14 outstanding organisations across Australia’s public and private sectors. This is the first group of Australian workplaces, outside of the pilot program, to be officially recognised as taking active steps to prevent and respond to men’s violence against women.

Branding as a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace is exclusively available to organisations who have supplied and documented evidence against White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Framework. Accreditation lasts for 3 years, evidencing an ongoing, sustainable commitment from these workplaces, to the prevention of men’s violence against women.

“We congratulate all of the workplaces receiving accreditation today on their outstanding efforts,” Libby Davies, Chief Executive of White Ribbon Australia said.

“Over the past 18 months, these organisations have dedicated time and resources to review and enhance their HR policies and procedures, the way in which they communicate with staff and have delivered training on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace.

The diversity of organisations we are accrediting today, from the public and private sectors, from small to large employers, all recognise that ending men’s violence against women is absolutely a workplace issue.”

The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation program is a robust and structured initiative. It enables employees working at all levels to better understand men’s violence against women and to make the link between workplace culture and the attitudes and behaviours that support gender inequality.

John Rosewarne, Chair of White Ribbon Australia commented:

“The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program recognises participant organisations as pioneers in contributing to the national effort to prevent and respond to men’s violence against women. All of the organisations accredited today – from the small to the very large, have evidenced their commitment to gender equality and to lead by example across every aspect of their working environment. Our team of independent Assessors have been highly impressed by the quality of the work submitted.”

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

 

Accredited Workplaces November 2015

  1. Adelaide to Outback GP Training Program
  2. Australian Defence Force Academy
  3. Belgravia Leisure – Victoria Park Pool, Prince Alfred Park Pool and Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool
  4. Blacktown Workers Club Group
  5. Central Highlands Community Legal Centre Inc
  6. Department for Child Protection & Family Support, Government of Western Australia
  7. DP World Australia
  8. Endeavour Sports High School
  9. Grampians Community Health
  10. iiNet (HR department)
  11. The Australian Army
  12. Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation
  13. Royal Australian Air Force, HQ Air Mobility Group
  14. Shire of Campaspe

Blacktown Workers is the first Club in Australia to take part in White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation program. Neale Vaughan, General Manager of Blacktown Workers Club Group, said:

“The Blacktown Workers Club Group is very proud and humbled to become our Industry’s first White Ribbon Workplace. We are committed and focused on leading our industry by positively influencing the discussion on anti-domestic violence advocacy. We do so by authentically adding value back into our community though our Staff, Managers and Board of Directors.”

 

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.
  • Most workplaces will employ current, former or potential perpetrators and victims of domestic violence at one time or another.

ABOUT WHITE RIBBON AUSTRALIA

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

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.

 

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White Ribbon commends the release of ‘Change the Story’

White Ribbon Australia commends the release today of ‘Change the Story: a shared framework for the primary prevention of violence against women and children in Australia’.  This document is an ambitious and vital tool for transformational cultural change. Developed by Our Watch, ANROWS and Vic Health, and involving extensive consultation including with White Ribbon Australia and others, the framework captures the vital role of engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women and their children.

“Change the Story will continue to drive a more holistic and strategic approach to prevention.  We are delighted to see its release today” said John Rosewarne, Chair of White Ribbon Australia. “Importantly, the framework highlights that violence against women and their children is preventable and we need concerted action to continue to drive the cultural change needed to put a stop to the violence. It articulates the relationship between violence and gender inequality, echoing the words of Prime Minister and White Ribbon Ambassador Malcolm Turnbull MP: ‘Disrespecting women does not always result in violence against women, but all violence against women begins with disrespecting women’.”

This has been the focus of White Ribbon’s work with the Australian community over the last twelve years.  Men and women have worked tirelessly as part of the White Ribbon Campaign to engage and support men and boys to be drivers of the cultural change that is needed to prevent violence against women. The Campaign, with its strong presence in the community including schools, workplaces, sporting codes, recreational and cultural spaces, across all states and territories, is working to bring about attitudinal and behavioural change.

“But experience tells us that violence prevention is more than just words – in order for prevention work to grow and best practice to be better evaluated and shared, it requires an ongoing commitment to funding. Through this shared framework, we look forward to this vitally important work supported by the appropriate funding it deserves.” Rosewarne said.

 

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

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