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Financial future on track as White Ribbon redoubles commitment to end men’s violence against women

White Ribbon Australia is, and always has been, a grassroots movement which focuses on addressing the root causes of men’s violence against women.

To achieve this objective, White Ribbon works collaboratively with partners and community leaders to empower and educate Australian men and boys, to understand and embody equality, and to identify and be able to stand up, speak out and act against all forms of men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon has achieved this through the ongoing financial support of individuals, community groups and corporate partners who are committed to achieving this objective in their community.

Beyond specific funding for a few projects, White Ribbon has not been funded by significant government investment, and yet White Ribbon’s leadership as a primary prevention organisation has been an integral part of the unified national approach to ending men’s violence against women.

White Ribbon is currently calling on the Federal Government to invest in White Ribbon Australia so that the Government’s national prevention objectives outlined in the Fourth Action Plan can be realised.

“We are at a turning point in our organisation’s journey and we have faced financial challenges over the past year which is reflected in our current financial report. This report is retrospective, and does not reflect the future viability and integrity of our organisation, or the contributions which our programs make across the broader community,” said White Ribbon Australia Chair, John Rosewarne.

White Ribbon has recently made necessary changes to its organisational structure so that it remains financially sustainable. We have a solid cashflow position and will work closely with our partners, governments and supporters to ensure that we have core organisational funding to underpin our highly regarded programs and the communities they support.

“Men’s violence against women is at the heart of many of the injustices and social inequalities that tear at the very fabric of our communities. Without prevention programs and the level of engagement that White Ribbon is committed to maintaining and growing, the objective of ending men’s violence will not be achieved,” concluded Mr Rosewarne.

White Ribbon will continue to play a leading role in ending men’s violence against women, working side-by-side with other national, state and local groups.

The real numbers tell a compelling story.

  • The internationally-recognised White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program supports 192 organisations in Australia who have more than 600,000 employees.
    • Of these, 10 Federal and 76 State and Territory government entities are Accredited.
  • In schools, the Breaking the Silence program has supported more than 370,000 young people and their school communities across the country.
  • The White Ribbon community is led by 21 White Ribbon Committees across our communities, who connect with 16,000 strong volunteers and more than 1,000 Advocates and Ambassadors who stand up in communities every day and inspire change through action.
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Cheese for Change returns for a second year of critical fundraising

After a successful inaugural campaign, White Ribbon Australia is running their latest fundraising initiative Cheese for Change for another year in a row.

Cheese for Change encourages Australians to create a cheese platter, or other cheesy dish (such as grilled cheese toasted sandwiches, or Indigenous inspired Baked Wattleseed Cheesecakes) with friends, family and co-workers, whilst raising much-needed funds for White Ribbon’s men’s violence against women awareness and prevention programs.

The event runs from Thursday 28 March to Sunday 31 March, however supporters are welcome to host a Cheese for Change event at any time during March.

Funds raised go towards supporting White Ribbon’s national primary prevention campaign, which aims to stop violence before it occurs, through education initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

White Ribbon is committed to building an Australian community where every woman lives in safety, free from all forms of men’s abuse.

Find out more about Cheese for Change.

Support White Ribbon directly by making a donation.

Note to media: White Ribbon Australia asks all media 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 on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This free service providing confidential advice is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police.

For media enquiries about Cheese for Change, please contact the White Ribbon media team.

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Statement regarding the NRL and players’ allegations of violence

White Ribbon Australia is concerned about the recent trend of allegations of abuse against multiple NRL players, and believe that the alleged behaviour is unacceptable.

The disconnect between the NRL’s expectations of players, and clubs’ responses to allegations of violence needs addressing. We welcome and support the NRL’s upcoming review of all related polices in early 2019, to ensure that the way they address allegations of violence is improved, consistent, and sends a strong message of zero tolerance.

We will be providing advice to the NRL during this review to ensure that they meet best practice guidelines when fostering a zero tolerance approach to violence against women. We look forward to seeing the action that will be taken as a result of this review, and expect that it will lead to greater consistency and accountability when addressing unhealthy or violent attitudes and behaviours.

White Ribbon Australia has a zero tolerance approach to violence against women and expects all sporting clubs and associations model the change needed in all communities to stop this violence. We believe that a primary prevention approach is needed to stop the violence before it starts.

Violence against women is a serious issue both in sport and in the community at large. It takes the whole of community working to stop this violence before it occurs by challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, behaviours and power inequalities that result in men’s violence against women.

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Parliament needs to set the example for respect in the workplace

This week, we have witnessed more examples of disrespect in Federal Parliament.

Australians have observed sexist comments, name-calling, shouting and disrespect during Question Time and in other parliamentary forums which would not be acceptable in any other workplace. On average, one in five Australian women experience harassment within the workplace [1]. Opposing views and strong debate are an integral part of our democracy and forthright  views are expected. However, too often the discourse crosses the line to disrespect and abuse. The antics in Canberra this week are a prime example of workplace disrespect.

“We look to our national leaders to set the standard for workplace behaviour. The majority of Australia’s workforce (94 per cent) agrees that employers should take a lead role in educating
employees about respectful relationships between men and women [2].

“It is clear that this week’s events, either singularly or as a grouping, has showcased disrespect for women and for fellow colleagues in the workplace. It has sent a clear message to the Australian community that this is the standard too many in our parliament are prepared to walk past,” said Acting CEO, Delia Donovan.

It is this sort of behaviour that the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program aims to stamp out.

More than 170 workplaces and 600,000 employees across the country have made an active and conscious decision to lead by example in their workplace. They have committed to driving social change, to strengthen gender equality and stop violence against women. They have committed to improving workplace culture and morale, increase knowledge and skills of staff to address disrespect, abuse and violence against women and improve retention rates and ensure lower staff turnover.

White Ribbon urges all parliamentarians to remember that while they should engage in robust debate they should also, at the same time, be mindful that their workplace is very much in the public eye. Australians look at, and up to, the behaviours and attitudes of our political leaders who represent them and they are expected to set a positive example with their words and actions.

[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal Safety Survey 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS.
[2] Pennay, D. & Powell, A. (2012). The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes & behaviours in preventing violence against women.
Melbourne: The Social Research Centre.

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 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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