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Western Australia State Committee

The Western Australia State Committee was established in 2015 with a focus on strengthening connections between key supporters in WA. Committee membership was expanded in 2018 and today, it comprises 15 highly skilled members with a variety of professional and cultural backgrounds.

The current Committee priorities include:

  • Growing connectivity among White Ribbon stakeholders in WA; including Ambassadors, Advocates, White Ribbon Workplaces, White Ribbon Schools, and sporting clubs
  • Integrating prevention initiatives within culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Promoting and facilitating strategic growth in key White Ribbon Program areas
  • Supporting regional and remote prevention activity

Members

Clayton Hanrahan Production Manager BHP Supporter
Damian Green CEO Stopping Family Violence Inc. Ambassador
Gordon Fairman Inspector WA Police Ambassador
Ian Carter CEO Anglicare WA Ambassador
Jessica Haberley Policy and Engagement Officer WA Department of Communities Supporter
Jim Adamos Councillor City of Perth Ambassador
John Aggus Senior Operational Policy Officer Department of Communities Ambassador
Jonathan Smith CEO ECHO Community Services Ambassador
Kelda Opperman CEO Zonta House Refugee Association Supporter
Max Lewington Legal Services Practice Director WA Department of Communications Ambassador
Patrick Crosbie Training Systems Officer Royal Australian Navy Ambassador
Wayne Austin Principal Dianella Secondary College Supporter

I am keen to be part of something bigger in Stopping Men’s Violence Against Women, to build on the great work already done by White Ribbon and increase the profile of the movement in regional communities.

As a passionate Ambassador and researcher in family and domestic violence in Western Australia, I am committed to ending violence against women and children nationally through increasing perpetrator accountability. I hope my knowledge and well-established networks as CEO of Stopping Family Violence will aid in shaping the White Ribbon movement to ensure it is relevant to Western Australian service providers and the broader community.

As a Police Officer of 30 years I have repeatedly witnessed the effect that violence against women has on individuals, families and communities. As a father of two young women, I recognise and appreciate the importance of standing up within the community and actively seeking to inform and advocate for a better future.

Violence against women and children is one of the greatest social challenges we face in the community. We all need to work together, each in our own way, and using our particular strengths to end violence. I am committed to working on this journey!

I am passionate about social justice and education and therefore feel that primary prevention initiatives such as White Ribbon are key in driving change. Since women are killed at a significant rate, it is evident that there are structures in place that greatly disadvantage women and attitudes and values that lead to violence which I believe need to be challenged.

We need to have more people (particularly men) speak out about this blight on society and to raise awareness about the devastating consequences of violence on women, children and families. Joining White Ribbon will help me get this message out. With White Ribbon, I participated in my first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event. First time I’d worn high heels and was a true eye opener.

I joined the WA White Ribbon State Committee to promote understanding about the impact of violence against women on the Western Australian community and take a more active role in preventing violence against women. The majority of family and domestic violence is caused by men against women. This violence is part of the wider gender inequality that occurs in our communities. Changing cultural attitudes about violence against women has also to be part of the wider conversation towards creating a world where men do not think they have an entitlement to be violent and organisations do not perpetuate gender inequality.

I’m fortunate to have many amazing women in my life. Most of them have suffered some sort of abuse. That’s not ok. Now I have two young daughters of my own and I want them to be able to live in a society free from violence and abuse.

I want to make a genuine difference to the prevalence of family and domestic violence and positively impact past survivors and understand that this needs the support of the greater community to do so. White Ribbon Australia is one of few vehicles that has the reach to be able to make a significant positive impact through education and awareness particularly for men, children and young people.

I joined the Committee because I want to use my networking and organisational skills to help change society to one where all women and children are treated respectfully, fairly and well without being subjected to physical or emotional abuse. Nearly all men and women have experienced poor male role models and I want to change myself and help others to change to become better male role models for the future.

Standing up against domestic violence is important to me because I wouldn’t like it to happen to my mum, wife, kids or sisters. Seeing the Royal Australian Navy get workplace accreditation was the fondest event I have with White Ribbon.

I want to be a part of an organization that teaches our boys the importance of being respectful, to understand the damage domestic violence has on a family but most importantly to teach our young people to speak up and help change the culture of domestic violence.

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