Each of the City’s four libraries and the Administration Building foyer will be offering white ribbons for sale and support information. The Rockingham, Warnbro, Safety Bay and Baldivis libraries will be hosting a gold coin donation morning tea. All funds raised will support the local women’s refuge in Rockingham.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the figures were devastating: “Violence against women in Australia is at epidemic proportions. On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
“Murder is the extreme end of the spectrum of different types of violence experienced by women in their homes. Abuse can be financial, verbal, emotional, psychological, physical and sexual, as well as workplace harassment. They all form part of a devastating cycle of violence.
“And the women lost are not just statistics – they are wives, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues.
“Most importantly, they are people, and the impact of the violence perpetrated against them is far reaching and long-standing.
“Violence against women is never a private issue. We are holding this event to help break the silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue as well as funds to support work to bring violence against women to an end.
“We want people to know that violence against women is unacceptable, it is never the victim’s fault, help is always available and if you see something you should definitely say something. People need to know that they can make a difference; bringing an end to men’s violence against women will take a whole of community approach.”
Those who wish to support the critical work of White Ribbon Australia in the prevention of men’s violence against women can also make a tax deductible donation at www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate. Alternatively they may host their own White Ribbon event to raise awareness in the community as well as funds to support primary prevention initiatives. Events can be registered at www.whiteribbon.org.au/events.
If you are experiencing violence or suspect someone else is, please contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support. In an emergency, call the police on 000.