WHITE RIBBON DAY: A group of White Ribbon Ambassadors and supporters from the Riverland has organised an event to help raise awareness about White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women.
The event will take place on Tuesday 25 November from 11:30am at the Berri Riverfront. It is an opportunity for members of the community to come together, make a statement and stand together to end men’s violence against women.
Attendees will have the chance to purchase a white ribbon or wristband to support White Ribbon Australia.
Brad Sargent, Regional Manager at Relationships Australia (SA), said:
“Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. Devastatingly, over a 12 month period, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence.
“Murder is at the pointy end of a broad spectrum of violence against women. A spectrum that encompasses financial, verbal, emotional, psychological, physical and sexual abuse, 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 widespread 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 it is 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.”
This event is open to the public and is being organised by local White Ribbon Ambassadors and supporters: Reggie Black, Geoff Carson, Brad Sargent, Ashley Couzens and Mike Harris.
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 you can 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.