White Ribbon Day is a national event that encourages people to speak out about violence against women. The City’s libraries will host morning teas with all proceeds going to the Lucy Saw Women’s Refuge Centre in Rockingham.
Mayor Barry Sammels joined FDV (Family and Domestic Violence) Action Group member Ken Kelly in signing the White Ribbon Oath on behalf of the City on 17 November. The oath promises that men at the City will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.
The FDV Action Group represents a range of service providers in Kwinana and Rockingham that work to identify and reduce family and domestic violence in the region through education, community campaigns and training for professionals dealing with the issue.
“The statistics are staggering,” Mayor Sammels said. “Violence is the biggest cause of injury or death for women aged between 18 and 45 in Australia. One in three Australian women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.”
Mayor Sammels said the Lucy Saw Women’s Refuge Centre provided a valuable lifeline for women who were victims of violence but that ideally, there would not be a need for such a place.
“We need to start speaking out, changing behaviours and teaching our children to respect women,” Mayor Sammels said. “We believe in a community where all women can feel safe and respected. We are holding this event to help break the silence around violence, increase awareness of the issue and raise funds to support work to bring violence against women to an end.”
White Ribbon Day morning teas will be held at 10.30am at the Mary Davies Library, Rockingham Central Library and Safety Bay Library on Friday 25 November and include a guest speaker and information from local support services. White Ribbon Day products will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the Lucy Saw Women’s Refuge.
For more information about the event, please contact the City on 9528 0333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.