TONIGHT Friday, July 31, 2015 is White Ribbon Night. It is about raising awareness and much needed funds to support the work to end men’s violence against women. The annual event, now in its third year, asks Australians to have a Night in to Get the Word Out about the seriousness of violence against women and its prevention.
White Ribbon Australia CEO, Libby Davies, explained the concept behind the mid-year campaign including the raising of vital funds to expand White Ribbon Australia’s primary prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.
“We all like to think that all of us, our family, our friends, colleagues and neighbours, are safe at home. Most of us believe this to be a basic human right and would be outraged if it were taken from us. But sadly, for many of us, this is not always the case,” Libby said.
“Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence. Alarmingly, this figure is rising. A woman is most likely to be killed by her current or former male partner in her own home.”
“In Australia, one in four children is exposed to domestic violence. Research tells us that children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to perpetrate this violence in the future.”
“We want this vicious cycle of violence to stop. Our hope is that communities across Australia will unite on Friday, July 31 in support of bringing an end to men’s violence against women. Research tells us that building greater equality and respect between men and women can reduce attitudes that support violence.
“All funds raised will support the primary prevention work of the White Ribbon Campaign. Primary prevention involves stopping violence before it occurs, by challenging the deeply ingrained attitudes, social norms and power inequalities that give rise to men’s violence against women. We are dedicated to this cause, as are our supporters.”
Getting involved in White Ribbon Night is easy. You can organise a night in, donate directly and take part in the online auction. Everything you need to know can be found at www.whiteribbon.org.au/night.
Event organisers have access to our ‘How to Make A Difference’ Pack. This is jam-packed with activity suggestions and resources, including family-friendly games, plus a donation link that can be sent to friends and family to support their White Ribbon Night event.
This is our biggest fundraising night of the year. Please support us. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 FREE 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.
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