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Response to the 2018 Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia Report

Violence and abuse is sadly more common in Australian households than it has ever been said White Ribbon CEO, Libby Davies, in response to the 2018 Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia Report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The AIHW report has highlighted some startling statistics, revealing that one in six women have experienced violence or sexual assault at the hands of a current or previous partner[1], which increased from one in ten in previous research.

“It is devastating to learn that the number of women experiencing physical and sexual assault at the hands of their partner is only increasing, sadly it is not surprising,” Ms Davies said.

“Disrespect and violence against women is pervasive in our community and needs to be addressed as a national priority. This figure also underlines the significant investment needed by governments, business and community to reverse this trend immediately.”

The White Ribbon CEO highlighted the critical need for more resources to be placed into primary prevention programs. The AIHW report also showed that two in five Australians have experienced at lease one incident of violence since the age of 15[2]. Further, it found that young Australians’ attitudes to violence against women may be contributing to this alarming statistic with almost half believing it is acceptable to track a partner by electronic devices, compared to approximately a third of Australians over the age of 35[3].

“It is these types of attitudes which need immediate attention in order to see a real cultural shift among Australians,” Ms Davies added.

“More needs to be done to educate the wider community and change embedded beliefs about the various forms of violence. Emotional abuse, financial abuse, psychological abuse – all of these are forms of violence that needing further addressing through primary prevention.

“White Ribbon is seeing positive change through their focus on primary prevention, and is committed to working hard to turn these statistics around. We are seeing a shift, through our work on a grassroots level with communities, and with schools through the Schools Program.”

The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program has successfully accredited 165 workplaces across Australia.

“This shows organisations are committed to building a workplace culture with zero tolerance to any form of violence or abuse, both inside and outside the workplace and supporting their staff who may be experiencing harassment. We are excited to be announcing more workplaces who have become White Ribbon Accredited tomorrow.”

The AIHW report highlights that there is still a long way to go before Australia is free from all forms of violence and abuse. White Ribbon urges the government to continue to support and strengthen partnerships with governments, corporates and communities, to help continue this social change drive and end harassment, abuse and violence towards both men and women.

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[1] 2018 Family, domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) p. ix

[2] 2018 Family, domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) p. 1

[3] 2018 Family, domestic and Sexual Violence in Australia report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) p. 14

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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Commonwealth Games have just launched MyGames 2018 and White Ribbon charity partnership

Be a champion! Play against your mates or try a new sport, and raise money for White Ribbon Australia. 

White Ribbon are excited to announce partnership with MyGames 2018.

With less than two months to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), the Office of Commonwealth Games have just launched MyGames 2018 – a free fundraising platform for people to raise funds. White Ribbon Australia has been chosen to be one of MyGames charity of choice. The fundraising platform allows you to set your own Games challenge – play against your mates or try a new sport, whilst raising money.

We’re asking people to be a champion and raise money for White Ribbon Australia by registering your event on the www.mygames2018.com website.

Through funds raised, White Ribbon will be supported to deliver primary prevention initiatives that aim to stop violence before it happens, through education, awareness raising and by challenging ingrained attitudes and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women. White Ribbon is dedicated to delivering programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

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Cheese for Change fundraising campaign

White Ribbon Australia is excited to announce the launch of the brand new fundraising campaign Cheese for Change.

The campaign aims to promote people coming together over a cheese platter (or other cheesy food) from 22 March to 25 March, however supporters can host their event any day in March.

The new initiative aims to provide a vital funds to help support 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.

Fun campaign materials and ideas will be shared online and through social media networks, and to celebrate the launch of the new campaign White Ribbon will be running a chance to win their very own gourmet platter.

To find out more visit: www.whiteribbon.org.au/cheeseforchange

Create a cheese platter that matters!

Please direct all media enquiries to media@whiteribbon.org.au, or call 02 9045 8444 and press 1.

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Corporate Sponsor: White Ribbon proudly partner with Drummond Golf

White Ribbon is proud to announce Drummond Golf has joined the campaign to prevent men’s violence against women by becoming a Corporate Supporter.

As Australia’s premier golf retailer, Drummond Golf has been providing the largest range of the world’s leading golf brands to golfers nationwide and will be making White Ribbon their ‘Golf Fore A Cause’ partner to help drive much needed awareness and funds for White Ribbon.

Through corporate sponsorship, White Ribbon will be supported to deliver primary prevention initiatives that aim to stop violence before it happens, through education, awareness raising and by challenging ingrained attitudes and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women. White Ribbon is dedicated to delivering programs in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

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Chair of White Ribbon Australia announces CEO’s retirement

This morning, White Ribbon Australia Chair Nicholas Cowdery AM QC, announced the retirement of CEO, Libby Davies, effective as of early July 2018.

Ms Davies’ decision to retire in July will bring to a close a remarkable career of continuous service to the organisation over the last seven years.

“Ms Davies is at the forefront of her field and her expertise in leadership, strategy, advocacy, lobbying and management has established White Ribbon Australia as the leading authoritative body in Australia for engaging men to make women’s safety a man’s issue too,” Mr Cowdery said.

“As CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Ms Davies has been responsible for nurturing and growing this critical social change movement to the outstanding position it occupies today, creating a pivotal platform in prevention that engages men to stand beside women to drive the change needed to prevent men’s violence against women. Her stewardship has been supported by her thorough working knowledge of the intersectionality of the causes of violence against women and drivers of gender inequality, and of the DFV policy field.

“Ms Davies has made a tremendous contribution to developing and improving the management of the organisation, embedding program logic across all the programs and ensuring measurement of outcomes. White Ribbon Australia is now fully accountable for its performance,” Mr Cowdery said.

“On behalf of the Board and staff, I extend our deep appreciation to Ms Davies for her professional and personal commitment and dedication to White Ribbon Australia during her tenure as our CEO. Under Libby’s leadership White Ribbon has undergone important and necessary change to make it the strong and successful organisation it is today.

“As White Ribbon Australia enters its next phase, the Board is committed to building on the established, integral foundations of the movement in Australia. We will continue to deliver our programs that, through best practice and well-developed program logic, are evidencing positive social change that is making a difference in this vital area of social policy and practice.”

Ms Davies says her decision is based on her wish to focus more on her family and to pursue other personal ambitions including joining her husband in their “sea change” business.

The White Ribbon Australia Board will be undertaking a public search for its new CEO through an Australian based recruitment agency.

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White Ribbon and Endeavour Drinks Group partnership statement

Please find below our position in relation to White Ribbon and Endeavour Drinks Group partnership which addresses your questions.

The partnership between White Ribbon Australia and the Endeavour Drinks Group was approved by the Board after a process of extensive stakeholder and research consultation. We are conscious that some supporters regard this partnership as controversial. We informed all supporters about this partnership.

Endeavour Drinks Group (EDG) have been supporting the work of White Ribbon since June 2013 to express their commitment to the prevention of violence against women. One of the main drivers for the establishment of this relationship was to “go where the problem is”. With millions of Australians visiting BWS/Dan Murphy’s each year, the partnership provides an opportunity to reach the community and continue to bring violence against women into the open, to talk about it and help prevent it from happening.

Our partnership with EDG is based on ethical engagement, sound research and an informed understanding of the issue of men’s violence against women and its link with alcohol. It is a relationship between a large retail group and White Ribbon Australia as part of the broader strategy to engage the community at large and men in particular, at times and places that extend the reach of the campaign into contexts that are difficult to reach.

Our campaign message is clear and unarguable: Alcohol is not an excuse for violence. There is no excuse. Within the limits of what is possible to convey with the time and means available at such points of sale, we believe that the displayed message in its context provides a focus on the link between alcohol and violence. Alcohol is not the underlying driver of violence against women. Men always have a choice; not all people who drink are violent, and many people who do not drink are violent. The proceeds that were raised by this initiative (including the Endeavour Drinks Group contribution) will be applied fully to programs aimed at young men at risk of alcohol abuse and abuse by violence.

Alcohol increases the likelihood and severity of violence and patterns of alcohol consumption. It is precisely for those reasons that White Ribbon Australia decided to target point of sale with key messaging that may be effective with men purchasing alcohol. Our message was on display and targeted to men at risk of alcohol-fuelled violence.

White Ribbon Australia is in no way denying a link between alcohol and violence – we are acknowledging the fact and seeking to contact men who may be at risk of causing the one to lead to the other. Nor is WRA supporting or encouraging the consumption of alcohol – we accept that it occurs and seek to use that circumstance to the advantage of our mission.

Research demonstrates that the relationship between alcohol and violence is the result of a complex interaction of a number of variables eg physical effect, individual characteristics, the drinking environment and societal attitudes and values. To address this issue associated with alcohol dependency and fuelled violence requires more than a focus on the activities of alcohol distributors.

To prevent violence against women requires engaging with the public at places where they live, work and play.

Alcohol does not itself drive violence against women. However, the contribution of alcohol to increased perpetration is significant in the context of social norms and practices that condone or support violence against women, in particular those relating to masculinity and masculine peer group behaviour.

Funds raised will enable White Ribbon to continue to drive primary prevention initiatives in communities across Australia, helping them to support efforts to stop men’s violence against women before it starts.

White Ribbon is committed to engaging with people across the community to obtain maximum reach on the key messaging on stopping violence against women in places where they live, work and play.

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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Statement about White Ribbon’s Partnerships

White Ribbon Australia is committed to ending all forms of disrespectful behaviour, abuse and violence experienced by women. Every day White Ribbon works closely with its ambassadors,  advocates and supporters, community, government and corporate partners to bring about social change.

White Ribbon focuses on men’s responsibility to prevent men’s violence against women and believes that all men must be involved and be prepared to stand up, speak out and safely intervene when necessary, in order to achieve the change which is needed to stop the violence.

White Ribbon does not receive substantial funding from government; in fact, government funding makes up just 7% of its overall funding and those contributions are made towards specific programs. The resources to support this social change movement come from across the community, because it is through all the diverse parts of the community that we must drive the change necessary to prevent the violence.

To successfully lead a social change movement working to end men’s violence against women in Australia, White Ribbon must work closely with corporate, private, community and organisational partners to be the point of change and properly resource its campaigns and programs.

To achieve the levels of support for the change required we must build relationships with organisations which sometimes occupy  spaces in our society where they are regarded as possible contributors to the issue. Working in these spaces requires careful, considered, researched and often difficult and challenging decisions taken by the Board and operationalised by Management.

We are committed to a path of inclusion of the variety of organisations that make up our community to ensure that they are  provided with the necessary guidance, support and tools to drive cultural change within their own structures in order to reduce and end violence. Evidence-based programs which have demonstrated a measurable reduction in disrespectful behaviour and violence towards women can be embedded in these organisation’s commitment to change. Working with them also gives us better access to potential perpetrators to whom the message may be delivered more effectively.

We believe that engagement with these organisations is appropriate, necessary and vital in ending this scourge. They are encouraged to lead the change both as individuals and as organisations and to recognise the vital role they must play as community and corporate leaders and participants.

We acknowledge that this journey is a difficult one and must be carefully managed and periodically reviewed to ensure that the commitment made is genuine and can be held to account under the closest scrutiny.

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 condemns abuse of 17-year-old girl

“White Ribbon Australia has absolutely zero tolerance for violence of any kind – there is no defending violence against women and no excusing of abuse of any kind. We state in the clearest terms possible that it does not matter what part of the community or organisation you are from, perpetrators of abuse and violence against women must be held to account. There is no defending abuse in the workplace to employees and volunteers alike.

The White Ribbon social change movement is about men standing up, speaking out and taking responsibility to prevent and intervene safely in all incidences of disrespect and abuse of women. Workplaces are critical to changing a culture of disrespect and abuse including voluntary organisations. White Ribbon accredited workplaces promote respectful relationships, gender equality and demonstrate a culture of zero tolerance of disrespect, abuse and violence against women.”

Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia.

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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 about the NSW Government’s Poker Machine License Program

White Ribbon Australia will not be accepting a donation related to Fairfield Hotel’s application to the NSW Government for additional poker machines.

Our initial intent in responding to the Fairfield Hotel request was to use the donation to directly fund White Ribbon’s prevention programs in schools and workplaces to address the heightened impacts gambling is having in the community.

Organisations are allowed to correct and learn from their mistakes. Once we realised the extent of the failed policy we withdrew our support.

Proceeds of lotteries and gambling collected by Governments usually go into a central fund. Governments then distribute these funds via grant programs to charities and community groups who deliver programs to counter the impacts gambling has on women, families and the community, along with other social services programs.

White Ribbon does not support the nature of the NSW Government’s Poker Machine License Program and will not support any application under this program, now or in the future.

Libby Davies, CEO White Ribbon Australia.

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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