White Ribbon Day: Breaking the silence around violence

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White Ribbon Day: Breaking the silence around violence

Staff at Master Electricians Australia have organised a White Ribbon Day event tomorrow. We aim to help raise awareness and funds to support White Ribbon Australia’s work to end men’s violence against women.

The small morning tea offers a great opportunity for staff to come together for a cupcake, a cup of tea, and a chat about what we as an Association can do to raise awareness of violence against women in Australia. All funds raised will support White Ribbon’s prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.

Ending violence against women

Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. Devastatingly, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia because of intimate partner violence.

But 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. Master Electricians Australia is 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.

Those who wish to support the critical work of White Ribbon Australia in the prevention of men’s violence against women can make a tax-deductible donation at our fundraising page. Alternatively, it’s not too late to host your own White Ribbon morning tea or lunch break to raise awareness in your workplace.

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.

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