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White Ribbon Statement regarding Engadine shooting

White Ribbon Australia’s, Acting CEO, Delia Donovan said we are saddened to learn of the tragic domestic violence incident in Engadine this morning.

“Today we awoke to learn of another family violence incident in the Sydney suburb of Engadine. This incident sadly included the death of a family member, and is now under investigation by NSW Police. The family have been traumatised by this tragedy.

“Australian’s level of family and domestic violence has to stop. We are at a crisis point, and we cannot continue to sit by and watch while families are terrorised by violence. Women and children are being traumatised by violence in their homes every day.

“Family violence is at extraordinary levels across our communities. This is preventable, we can all work together to avoid tragic incidences like todays.

“Today is White Ribbon Day and we must come together as a community, speak out, say enough is enough and act together to end men’s violence against women,” Ms Donovan said.

“We stand side-by-side with our social services sector. Together we have a clear understanding of how to end men’s violence against women.

“We need Government to invest in primary prevention and frontline services. We need to educate children and adults about respect. We need to invest in evidence-based prevention programs in our schools, workplaces and communities in order for this to end. We need to call out all forms of disrespect, abuse and violence against women.

“How many more family members need to die, or suffer these tragedies?”

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SA Government’s Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS) has seen success in supporting people at risk of domestic violence

South Australia’s recent early intervention and prevention initiative, the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (DVDS), has seen success in its first 4 weeks.

Potential victims of domestic violence have had the chance to find out if their current or former partner has a history of violence or related offences, since October 2 this year. This allows them to make an informed decision about their safety, seek assistance and decide whether or not to remain in the relationship.

During the first 4 weeks of the scheme, SA Police received 28 applications; 70% from metropolitan areas and 30% from regional areas.

Human Services Minister, the Hon Michelle Lensink said that the scheme isn’t just about the disclosure itself but putting people in touch with the services they may need and perhaps would never have come across if not for the scheme.

“Most importantly, the 28 people who have already used the disclosure scheme have been put in touch with a range of support services, giving them a new option for support now and into the future,” Ms Lensink said.

Read the full statement from the SA Government here.

White Ribbon Australia support this scheme, designed to support and protect people at risk of domestic and family violence, and connect them with vital support services.

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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Another woman murdered, the night before White Ribbon Day 2018

We are horrified to learn of the latest, devastating act of gender-based violence in Australia.

Emily Miller, a mother of four children, was found in her home in Geelong after being shot in the stomach in the presence of a convicted criminal who had just been released from jail.

Emily marks the 63rd woman to die at the hand of violence so far this year. Our heart goes out to the family and friends affected by Emily’s death.

Australia has lost far too many women at the hands of violent men. On average, one woman a week is murdered by a current or former partner in Australia.

Men’s violence against women is absolutely abhorrent and we must act together as a community to end all forms of violence and abuse in our community.

We must stand up, speak out and act to end all forms of violence against women and children.

 

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 welcomes changes to strengthen Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) by NSW Government

New legislation passed by the NSW Government yesterday doubles the default duration of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) and gives police the power to make urgent changes to strengthen orders protecting victims.

The changes outlined by the NSW Government include:

  • The default length of ADVOs will increase from 12 months to two years.
  • Courts will be able to grant indefinite ADVOs in severe cases.
  • ADVOs will automatically extend for two years after an adult offender is released from prison, a period when the risk of reoffending is known to be elevated.
  • Senior police will be given the power to immediately vary ADVOs to respond to serious and immediate risks to victims, until a court can consider the matter.

White Ribbon Australia welcome these changes designed to boost protection for victims of domestic and family violence.

Read the full statement from the NSW Government here.

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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The murder of Maria Van Beers marks 61 women killed in Australia in 2018

We are horrified to learn of the murder of Maria Van Beers, by her ex-husband, at their Tweed Heads townhouse on November 12th. The mother of two had reportedly been married to her husband for 37 years before they separated a couple of years ago.

“We’re outraged by yet another act of gender-based violence in Australia. All women should be able to live in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse. Violence against women must end today. There’s so much more that needs to be done so we don’t see another tragic incident like this unfold.” said Delia Donovan, Acting CEO.

Our hearts go out to the family and friends affected by Maria’s death. This year we have lost far too many women at the hands of violent men. This is utterly unacceptable and inexcusable.

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia, with violence against women accounting for 61 women’s deaths in 2018.

Men’s violence against women is absolutely abhorrent and we must act together as a community to end all forms of gender-based violence and abuse in our community.

We urge Australians to stand up, speak out and act to end all forms of men’s violence against women.

 

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 CEO Update

White Ribbon Australia’s Board of Directors announced today that Delia Donovan has assumed the role of Acting CEO after the employment of Tracy McLeod Howe ended.

“We thank Tracy for the past three months and we wish her well in her future endeavours,” said Acting Chair Ian Carter AM.

“We are focusing all of our resources on stopping the appalling level of men’s violence against women across Australia.

“The Board has every confidence in the highly experienced White Ribbon team led by Acting CEO Delia Donovan. Ms Donovan has played a leading role in White Ribbon for more than four years, previously led a frontline domestic violence service in the UK and has worked in the social work sector throughout her career.

“The team is passionate about supporting the 16,000 strong White Ribbon community, and more than 600,000 supporters across government, businesses and community organisations.

“This movement of committed Australians delivers key change through primary prevention programs. They are ably led by passionate and devoted committees, advocates and ambassadors who volunteer their leadership, time and support. Many of them courageously share their personal experiences of men’s violence against women to help change behaviours and attitudes.”

The leadership team will ensure White Ribbon continues to maintain a unified national approach alongside sector, government and organisational partners. White Ribbon believes that this commitment is fundamental to Australia’s national response to addressing men’s violence against women and the advocacy for all aspects of women’s rights in Australia.

The organisation’s current priority is White Ribbon Day on Friday 23 November and supporting the global commitment to 16 days of activism from 25 November.

White Ribbon will continue to promote a whole of community response to ending men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon is unable to make any further comment at this time.

 

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 withdraws Luke Foley’s Ambassador status

White Ribbon Australia has zero tolerance for disrespect, abuse and violence of any kind towards women.

White Ribbon acknowledges Ashleigh’s courage in making a public statement about an incident that women should never experience.

We will never excuse or defend violence towards women of any kind. No matter who you are, what part of the community or organisation you are from – including if that person is an ambassador or connected to our own organisation – wherever disrespect and abuse against women occurs then the perpetrators must always be held to account.

White Ribbon has stood Mr Foley down from the White Ribbon Ambassador program, pending the investigation. All White Ribbon Ambassadors must pass a rigorous training program and abide at all times to the tenets of the Ambassador program. If at any time this is breached, then this respected status will be withdrawn.

White Ribbon calls for this matter to be discussed respectfully and in a way which supports women who display courage in speaking out against any abuse. 

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We are all accountable for the language we use, and the impact it has

White Ribbon Australia’s Chair, Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, acknowledges that his comments and response to questions about Keli Lane on ABC documentary Exposed were not respectful, and he apologises.

Mr Cowdery supports the need for every person to be mindful of the language that they use and the meaning it can have.

Mr Cowdery agrees that in the instance of the ABC documentary he did not express himself well, and that he is accountable for his actions.

White Ribbon Australia supports the concerted effort that is needed to consciously change societies’ use of respectful language to promote equality, respect and inclusion of women everywhere.

 

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia and White Ribbon Australia’s Chair, Nicholas Cowdery AM QC. 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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National sporting codes have a key role to play in ending violence against women

The expected spike in women seeking help for domestic violence and abuse around grand final weekend is a wake up call for Australia’s national sporting codes. “The 1800 Respect hotline’s confirmation of a 10% increase in calls over the Grand Final weekend only confirms what was expected, and sadly indicates that violence against women isn’t reducing,” said Delia Donovan, acting CEO of White Ribbon Australia.

“A lot more needs to be done to connect the dots and achieve a whole of population approach to ending violence against women and we need the whole community behind this issue,” Ms Donovan said.

We are already seeing many of the major sporting codes taking steps to accept responsibility, and to proactively engage their community in change.”

“We hope to see a reverse of this trend in the near future, following commitment to a whole of community approach to end violence against women.”

Junior clubs, grassroots clubs through to the elite sports levels can role model acceptable behaviour and attitudes by men to women, and they can be active participants in calling out and acting on unacceptable behaviour.

“White Ribbon Australia are focused on supporting national sports organisations to take responsibility for their role in addressing the increasing levels of violence against women in Australia.”

“The acceptance of toxic masculine culture, and tolerance of disrespectful and abusive physical, emotional and psychological behaviours towards women needs accountability,” said Ms Donovan.

“White Ribbon support professional sporting organisations to actively reduce environmental triggers to men’s violence against women. There are practical actions which we can take, behaviours we can change, and support we can provide to reduce all forms of violence towards women and children on our community,” said Ms Donovan.

White Ribbon encourages everyone to get involved in their community (workplace, school, community group) to prevent all forms of violence against women.

Learn more about what you can do here: https://www.whiteribbon.org.au/

 

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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