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White Ribbon Day 2014: Helping to Stop Men’s Violence Against Women

In Australia, an average of one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner [I]. This is a shocking fact, and is only one tragic part of an even bigger story.

The extent of men’s violence against women is one of Australia’s most shameful secrets. But the community is driving change to prevent this violence and calls on everyone to become a part of this movement.

White Ribbon Australia, now in its 11th year, continues to focus attention on men’s violence against women and uncover these secrets.

White Ribbon recognises the positive role men play in preventing violence against women and drives male leadership and engagement in violence prevention. This is based on the understanding that most men are not violent.

“Men are the backbone of the White Ribbon campaign. Men get involved because they are deeply concerned about the rates of violence against women and want to drive social change.” said Libby Davies, CEO

The White Ribbon campaign runs year-long, culminating on White Ribbon Day, 25 November. Throughout the year and particularly in November, White Ribbon events are being held across Australia to raise awareness of and educate about men’s violence against women.   The events raise critical funds for the prevention work White Ribbon does in schools, workplaces and across the community.

Our Australia, land of secrets campaign calls on men, women, workplaces, young people and the whole community to uncover more secrets and help stop men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon invites people to show their support for White Ribbon Day by hosting or attending one of the many White Ribbon events taking place across Australia (http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/stop-violence-against-women/fundraising-events/) or purchasing White Ribbon wristbands and ribbons later this month at participating retailers, including Suzanne Grae, The Salvation Army (QLD, NSW, ACT), Telstra stores or the White Ribbon shop.

For more information visit www.whiteribbon.org.au

THE MEDIA CAN HELP STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The media plays a vital role in helping to raise awareness of violence against women. White Ribbon is inviting journalists to uncover the secret of male 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 on and around White Ribbon Day, November 25. If you, or members of your team, wish to wear a White Ribbon or would like to speak to a White Ribbon Ambassador, or someone with a personal story of violence, then please contact Sally Burleigh at SBPR (details below).

 

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

[i] Chan, A. and Payne, J. (2013). Homicide in Australia: 2008-09 to 2009-10, National Homicide Monitoring Program annual report. Canberra, Australia: Australian Institute of Criminology

 

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White Ribbon Ambassadors speak out about National Survey results

As White Ribbon Ambassadors, we believe that all women should live in safety, free from all forms of violence. We also believe that men must act to prevent this violence. This is why we have decided to speak up publicly about the results of the 2013 National Community Attitudes Survey released today.

The National Community Attitudes Survey results show the progress Australia has made in addressing men’s violence. Youth attitudes to violence against women are improving and Australians have a good understanding of the different forms violence against women can take. It is also encouraging to see that the vast majority of Australians would intervene if they saw a woman being assaulted.

Concerning survey results

• Over 40% of people believe that rape results from men not being able to control their need for sex.
• One in five people believes that domestic violence can be excused if people get so angry they lose control.

These worrying results show that Australians still need to be convinced that violence against women is not acceptable or excusable in any situation. Men who use violence choose to use violence, just as we choose to speak out against it.

How violence against women impacts you

If you think this issue does not affect you, you are mistaken. It is about all of us, including our families, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbours:

• Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
• One in five women has been stalked.
• One in three women in Australia has experienced men’s violence since the age of 15.

These statistics show that violence is far too common an experience for the women in our lives.

What you can do

As White Ribbon Ambassadors we believe that men’s violence against women is never acceptable and call on all Australian men to:

1. Reject sexist attitudes, behaviours and language that create a culture in which men’s violence against women is accepted.

2. Treat women as equals and with respect in all aspects of life.

3. Speak up and step up when they see or hear of men using violence against women.

You can join us now. Start by swearing the White Ribbon Oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.

Together we can stop men’s violence against women and make Australian communities safer for all women.

To download this statement please click here.

 

Ambassadors

Michael Brandenburg Manager, Child & Family Services Ballarat

Ian Carter AM CEO, Anglicare WA; Director, White Ribbon Australia

Chiu Hing Chan Vice Chairman, Australian Chinese General Chamber of Business; Director, White Ribbon Australia

Petero Civoniceva NRL One Community Ambassador

Mick Doleman Deputy National Secretary, Maritime Union of Australia

Dr Michael Flood Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Wollongong; Chair, White Ribbon Australia Policy and Research Group
George Fomba Employment Consultant / Vice Chairperson, Workskill Australia / African Communities Council of SA Sport and Recreation Committee

Lt Gen Ken Gillespie (RTD)

Mick Gooda Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Dan Gregory CEO, The Impossible Institute; Director, White Ribbon Australia

John Hinchey ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner, Victim Support ACT

Ken Lay APM Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police

Robert McClelland Partner, Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers; Director, White Ribbon Australia

John McRoberts APM Commissioner of Police and CEO of Fire and Emergency Services, Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services

Dominic Morgan Chief Executive Officer, Ambulance Tasmania

Andrew O’Keefe Television Presenter, Seven Network

John Rosewarne Chair, White Ribbon Australia

Ian Stewart APM Commissioner, Queensland Police Service

Jonny Taylor Singer/Songwriter

 

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 welcomes Our Watch into the anti-violence sector

White Ribbon Australia welcomed the launch of Our Watch today as a national partner organisation to prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon Australia was established in Australia eleven years ago and is part of a global male-led movement to ends men’s violence against women, which is active in more than 60 countries world-wide.

“White Ribbon Australia has been at the forefront of leading edge new primary prevention action for over ten years and works through a national, evidence based approach to primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community that drive attitudinal and behavioural change. ” Ms Davies said. “As a unique, national male-led organisation we seek to change the attitudes and behaviours of men that perpetuate violence and are the result of complex factors associated with masculinity, relationships, and how women have been viewed and treated.” “This work has been breaking edge and we are beginning to see the impact of prevention.  Continuing this focus and combining our efforts with this new organisation, established by the Victorian and Australian Government, will enhance action to stop violence against women.” she said.

White Ribbon Australia looks forward to working with Our Watch and in the coming months will sign an MOU in relation to working together on the common vision to end violence against woman and their children. “We look forward to ongoing collaboration and collective action on this very crucial issue.”

White Ribbon Ambassador, Dr Phil Lambert, sits on the Our Watch board and is a strong link between the two organisations. “We can look forward to strengthening the work occurring at White Ribbon, in the community and government spheres, and to the enhanced prevention action to combat this insidious violence,” said Ms. Davies.

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

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White Ribbon Schools Program wins top NAPCAN award

White Ribbon Australia are thrilled to have won a prestigious child protection award.  The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), announced the winners of the 2014 NAPCAN Play Your Part Awards for inspiring child protection initiatives. The announcements coincide with National Child Protection Week, were made at a special reception hosted by the Governor-General, at Admiralty House, Sydney on Friday 5th September.

The White Ribbon Breaking the Silence program is a unique professional development program for principals and teachers that provides them with the resources and strategies to embed models of respectful relationships in school culture and classroom activities. These strategies give students the opportunity to learn and experience respectful relationships, preventing the perpetration of violence against women and girls. Schools participating in Breaking the Silence become White Ribbon Schools.

“Breaking the Silence has been delivered to over 200 schools, reaching 110,000 students and their communities,” said White Ribbon CEO Libby Davies “It’s a sad reality that exposure to domestic violence increases children’s risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties and is a recognised form of child abuse. This program helps to drive a culture of respect and reduce violence in schools and communities, increasing the wellbeing and safety of children and young people.”

“Principals tell us that Breaking the Silence has been successful because it reaches the community by taking a whole-of-school approach to promoting respectful relationships. It encompasses curriculum, teaching and learning, school organisation, ethos and environment and community/parent links and partnerships in in meaningful, age appropriate and culturally sensitive way,” said Ms. Davies “It’s the old saying it takes a village to raise a child, so we work to promote partnerships between schools, police and community services and families to focus on crime prevention and harm minimisation. ”

White Ribbon Australia invited former Principal Dale Palmer from Endeavour Sports High School and two students to attend the ceremony. Endeavour Sports High School participated in the pilot of Breaking the Silence in 2009.  On its journey to becoming a White Ribbon School, Endeavour Sports High School witnessed a significant cultural shift towards one of respect, safety and inclusiveness.

“White Ribbon is one of the most important programs we run at Endeavour Sports High School. It runs as a primary prevention model under the mantra of RESPECT. The White Ribbon ideology allows us to talk openly and honestly about topics such as domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault, resilience, self-image and the law. White Ribbon also allows us to run programs that make young people feel confident and good about themselves, as well as understanding their role in fostering a respectful society. Our school is proud to be a White Ribbon school.” Dale Palmer, White Ribbon Ambassador and former Principal of Endeavour Sports High School.
As a White Ribbon Ambassador and Champion for the Breaking the Silence Program, Dale embodies the values of White Ribbon in all that he does in both his school and broader community.  His leadership in driving a culture of respect has provided students, staff and parents alike with a voice to also become active agents of change in their community.

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

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NSW Recorded Crime Statistics: more action needed to make NSW communities safe for women

White Ribbon Australia note the release by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research of the June 2014 Quarterly Update of Recorded Crime Statistics in NSW.

The update shows that recorded criminal incidents across major crime categories have remained stable or declined over the past two years. However, the same report indicates that over the past five years recorded incidents of domestic violence-related assault, indecent assault, acts of indecency and other sexual offences have been increasing. Fraud is the only other major crime category recording an increase over the past five years.

The stabilising of recorded criminal incidents relating to domestic violence and indecent assault over the past two years indicates many things, including, potentially, a reduction in these crimes. However, we know that most incidents of domestic and sexual violence are not reported to police, so statistics are misleading. Women may not seek assistance from the Police for many reasons, including fear of their partner’s reaction, social isolation and anxiety that their children may be removed.

The 5 year statistics tell a different story, and show that reports of domestic violence-related assault and indecent assault are increasing in NSW. This is a stark reminder of the seriousness of this social issue in NSW and across Australia.

The NSW Government’s commitment to reducing pub and club assaults demonstrates the potential benefits of significant investment in violence prevention and reduction. “The case for additional investment in primary prevention is clear” said White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies, “Violence against women is a serious social issue in NSW and results in high costs at the individual, community and population health levels. Preventing violence against women and making communities safer for women benefits everyone, including the NSW Government”.

White Ribbon Australia was established eleven years ago and is part of a global male-led movement to ends men’s violence against women, which is active in more than 60 countries world-wide. White Ribbon Australia works to change the attitudes and behaviours of men that perpetuate violence through awareness raising and education, including a national campaign and programs in workplaces and schools. “Through ongoing independent evaluation of the impact of our work, we are starting to see the impact of prevention.” said Ms. Davies, “White Ribbon’s work in prevention has been assisted by other organisations across the service continuum from prevention to intervention in support of the objectives of the National Plan for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children. We appreciate the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering the objectives under this plan in NSW and urge them to invest in evidence-based solutions to this social problem as a demonstration of this pledge.”

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 and Youth Action NSW launch survey of Young People’s Attitudes towards Domestic and Family Violence

Have Young People’s Attitudes Towards Violence Changed Since 1999?

White Ribbon Australia and Youth Action NSW have launched a ground-breaking survey of Young People’s Attitudes towards Domestic and Family Violence. It will be the first comprehensive national measurement of young people’s understandings of and attitudes towards domestic, family and intimate partner violence (DFV/IPV) in 15 years.

Director of Policy and Advocacy at Youth Action NSW, Eamon Waterford said a similar survey in 1999 had found that young people had alarmingly low levels of understanding of DFV/IPV, but since then Australia has undergone significant societal changes and much work has been done to raise awareness of the issue.

“The 2014 survey of Young People’s Attitudes towards Domestic and Family Violence seeks to provide an insight into a new generation, to inform primary prevention action and the work of policy makers, government, the community services sector and others,” Mr Waterford said.

“Critically, the age group targeted for this survey – men and women aged 16 to 25 – are a new cohort of young people whose attitudes and awareness is largely unsurveyed. This will provide a robust comparison to 1999 data through which we can measure attitudinal change.”

White Ribbon Australia’s Youth and Schools Program Manager, Jennifer Mullen explained that the 10 minute online survey was completely anonymous, would collect participants’ demographic information and ask a range of questions regarding their understanding of and attitudes towards gender roles, domestic and family violence, and relationships between young people.

“The questions in the survey only measure attitudes and care has been taken to ensure questions do not seek disclosure of experiences of DFV/IPV,” Ms Mullen said.

“In order to ensure a sound evidence base, the survey requires a large response base across young people from a diverse range of backgrounds, including ethnicity, geography, age and religion.”

The project has been assessed and approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of NSW.

Interview opportunities:

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Youth Action NSW, Eamon Waterford

Youth and Schools Program Manager, White Ribbon Australia, Jennifer Mullen

General Manager, Curriculum, Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, Dr Phil Lambert PSM

Media enquiries or to arrange interview opportunities:

Anil Lambert, Mountain Media, 0416 426 722

Social media assets to accompany survey link:

Facebook and Twitter pic (shareable meme)

Twitter pic (generic announcement)

Facebook pic (generic annoucement)

Please Tweet @WhiteRibbonAust and @YouthActionNSW. #YouthAttitudes can be used on Facebook and Twitter.

Other materials:

Participant Information Statement

Survey Information Sheet

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
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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Adam Goodes calls on good men to blow the whistle on violence against women

Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes has spoken out against men’s violence against women as Australian of the Year 2014. A White Ribbon Ambassador since 2009, Goodes has discussed his childhood experience of domestic and family violence with the Australian Women’s Weekly, on sale today.
Goodes revealed why the White Ribbon Campaign was a cause close to his heart for the first time in 2013, in an exclusive interview to mark White Ribbon Night. Now he is speaking out in support of White Ribbon Australia’s Uncover Secrets campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the seriousness of violence against women.
“Think of three women in your life. Statistically, one of them will report having experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in her life,” Goodes said.
“It’s a pretty scary thought, isn’t it? We like to think that our friends and family members are safe; that something like this wouldn’t happen to them. Sadly, it is extremely common, under-reported and hidden.
“As a White Ribbon Ambassador, as Australian of the Year, as a man, I am committed to helping uncover Australia’s dark secret. That secret is the true and shocking extent of men’s violence against women in Australia where at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.”
Goodes’ story follows last month’s Australian Women’s Weekly exclusive with Australian actress Racheal Taylor, who wrote a first person account of her experience of intimate partner violence. Racheal’s story appeared alongside the stories of five other inspiring women who escaped violent relationships and bravely spoke up to inspire strength in others.
“I decided as a White Ribbon Champion to write an honest, open and personal account of being a survivor of domestic violence for Australian Women’s Weekly to show that each of us – women and men – can be part of a real, meaningful and truthful conversation about domestic violence,” Rachael said.
White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies said she believes the dual Brownlow medalist is a good role model for boys and men, supporting them to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of men who use or condone violence against women.
“Good men cannot and will not sit on the sidelines while those they love are at risk of harm,” Ms Davies said.
“The White Ribbon Campaign is about recognising the positive role that men play in preventing violence against women. It fosters and encourages male leadership in the prevention of violence against women, based on the understanding that most men are good men who abhor such violence. Adam exemplifies this critical role in the campaign.”

 

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

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

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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Racing to raise funds to stop violence against women

A first of a kind donation drive has been launched by the horse racing industry in support of White Ribbon, Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women. Throughout March, iSyndicate is asking racing syndicators across Australia to match their donations of $30 for each syndicated horse that wins a race and $10 for each place finish.

iSyndicate Director, Brad Scott explained all monies raised will go directly to White Ribbon Australia, to support primary prevention initiatives aimed at stopping men’s violence against women in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

“We’re really excited because this will be the first donation drive of its kind in the industry,” Mr Scott said.

“We are asking racing syndicators to match our donations so as to double the money raised for White Ribbon Australia. Donations can also be made at http://www.white-ribbon-au.myshopify.com/products/donation. The code ‘horses’ must be entered to contribute to the donation drive.”

White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies welcomed the donation drive as an exciting new fund and awareness raising event.

“This is an opportunity to educate the racing industry on the extent of men’s violence against women in Australia and its horrendous consequences – at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner,” Ms Davies said.

“And it is an opportunity to empower individuals and groups to become actively engaged in the White Ribbon Campaign, whether that be through making a donation in support of our work, or becoming active in the prevention activity.”

Interviews and photo opportunities can be arranged.

For more information: www.whiteribbon.org.au or www.isyndicate.com.au.

Note to media: White Ribbon Australia and iSyndicate ask all media to include this line in stories that report on incidents of violence:  If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call police on 000.

About: White Ribbon Australia and iSyndicate began their partnership in September 2013. White Ribbon Australia is a non-profit organisation and Australia’s only national, male-led primary prevention campaign to end men’s violence against women.  White Ribbon Australia seeks to change the attitudes and behaviors that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women, by engaging boys and men to lead social change.

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

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Rachael Taylor talks about Domestic Violence as a White Ribbon Australia Champion

Australian actress and lead White Ribbon Australia Champion, Rachael Taylor speaks about domestic violence as part of White Ribbon Australia’s awareness raising campaign, ‘Uncover Secrets’. In writing for the Australian Women’s Weekly, on sale tomorrow, Rachael’s story appears alongside those of five inspiring survivors.

Rachael said she hopes her story will raise awareness of the seriousness of men’s violence against women in Australia, where at least one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner, and encourages Australians to break the silence around violence by supporting them to speak out against it.

“I decided as a White Ribbon Champion to write an honest, open and personal account of being a survivor of domestic violence for Australian Women’s Weekly to show that each of us – women and men – can be part of a real, meaningful and truthful conversation about domestic violence,” Rachael said.

“I’m honoured and also humbled to have the opportunity to become a White Ribbon Champion, to share their vision that all women have the right to live in safety, free from violence and abuse. We must focus on the insidious ‘secret’ in our community of domestic violence, and stop it once and for all.

“I passionately believe people really want to talk about domestic violence but I also feel we are not completely sure about how to have these conversations. So in some small way I hope, through my words and actions, to bring a new language and an openness to the discussion about domestic violence, and in doing so no longer allow domestic violence to continue to be a secret in our community.”

The Uncover Secrets Campaign encourages men and women to share their stories to shed light on Australia’s dark secret, the extent of men’s violence against women, which claims at least one woman’s life each week.

White Ribbon Australia CEO Libby Davies, commended Rachael’s commitment to helping uncover Australia’s dark secret, revealing a personal message from Rachael will be published tomorrow on www.uncoversecrets.com.au.

“One story per week will follow,” Libby said. “Members of the community who wish to share their stories are encouraged to submit a short video via www.uncoversecrets.com.au.

“We expect the stories will inspire strength in women currently experiencing or recovering from violence, and motivate men to actively get involved in Australia’s national campaign to stop violence against women.

“Living free from violence is everyone’s right and reducing violence is everyone’s responsibility. Violence against women requires men and women working together to put an end to it, for too long this has been seen as a ‘women’s issue’.

 “The victims are not just statistics. They are wives, partners, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues. Most importantly they are people, real people in our lives. Together we can help put a stop to men’s violence against women.”

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national male led campaign to stop men’s violence against women. It engages men and boys to lead social change through primary prevention initiatives across the community and particularly through prevention programs in schools and workplaces.

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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