White Ribbon Australia uses the United Nation’s definition of violence against women:
…‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.’
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels, has supported White Ribbon Day for the last three years: “By signing this oath we are setting an example as community and organisational leaders.
“In Australia, the statistics are one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence, perpetrated by someone known to them.
“Domestic violence is the principal cause of homelessness in women and children and two in five assaults reported to the Police in 2016 were related to family or domestic violence.
“We are sending the message to the community that violence is not ok and we as a City want to put an end to domestic and family violence.”
In addition to the Council and the Executive Team signing the oath, the City will promote and educate the community about White Ribbon Day with displays around the City from Monday 20 to Monday 27 November at the following locations:
- City of Rockingham Administration Building
- City of Rockingham Libraries
- South Coastal Health
- Relationships Australia
- South Metro Regional Education Office.
Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon is now active in more than 60 countries.
The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community. The Campaign is also a means for men to speak out against violence against women, and to safely and effectively challenge the attitudes and behaviours of a minority of men who use or condone violence against women. Further information on the White Ribbon campaign can be found www.whiteribbon.org.au.
Family and Domestic Violence Resources
Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339
Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599
Rockingham Family Violence Service
Provides free and confidential information and support in dealing with intimate family relationship violence. Support in applying for VRO, restraining orders, support in all court related matters, accessing support services and developing safety plans.
Rockingham Justice Complex 15-17 Whitfield Street Rockingham
Ph: 9592 4018
More information: www.whiteribbon.org.au