White Ribbon Day

Today, 25 November, we mark White Ribbon Day.

In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, with a white ribbon as its iconic symbol. White Ribbon Day raises awareness of domestic and family violence, and has a strong focus on what men can do to prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end violence against women.

About domestic and family violence

Domestic violence and family violence is interpersonal violence that takes place in domestic settings, family relationships, and intimate relationships. While it is most commonly applied to violent acts by a man towards his wife, female partner or ex-partner, ‘domestic violence’ also refers to violence between same sex partners, among family members (including siblings, parent-child violence either way, and elder abuse), and by women towards male partners.

Domestic and family violence can take many different forms including intimidation, coercion or isolation, emotional, physical, sexual, financial and spiritual abuse.

How you can get involved

  • Host or join a White Ribbon Day morning tea and wear something white
  • Learn more about violence and what you can do to prevent it – you can start by visiting the White Ribbon website
  • Let people know you support ending violence – buy and wear a white ribbon. You can buy ribbons at Myer, Suzanne Grae, Radio Rentals, General Pants Co. or Napoleon
  • Men can take an oath to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women
  • Promote White Ribbon Day at your service

If you or someone you know needs help

  • Contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) a 24 hour, counselling line for anyone who has experienced or is at risk of family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault
  • Contact MensLine on 1300 789 978 – this service supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties
  • Contact Lifeline on 131 114 for crisis support
  • Contact our Employee Assistance Program for free, confidential counselling on 1300 360 364
  • Contact Access Place Psychology and Counselling on 1300 798 622.
Posted November 25, 2015 in News