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Supporting White Ribbon

Coinciding with our monthly Welcome Lunch for new employees, the Civilex and Conset teams came together last Wednesday in support of White Ribbon with guest speaker and White Ribbon Ambassador David Moores attending. David – a White Ribbon Ambassador since 2014 – shared with staff his experience and knowledge on how employees and workplaces can work together to break the cycle of violence against women.

About David

David started a diversity initiative while he was the CEO of an advisory firm, motivated following the rape and murder of Jill Meagher in 2012. David was also an avid reader of former Westpac CEO Gail Kelly’s work about raising awareness of women in crisis needing work as a way to exit violent relationships.

David shared not only his story and experience but the shocking statistics that have come from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) landmark report: 52 women a year – that’s one woman every week – dies as a result of violence by a current or former partner. These figures tell us loud and clear the frightening problem we as a society need to face and solve. David encouraged everyone listening yesterday to take a stand against violence and to have the courage to call it out when it occurs both in its subtle and not so subtle forms.

David implored the men listening to reflect on his story and the statistics for the sake of their female family, friends and colleagues. He touched on the importance of becoming more understanding and mindful, and what men need to do to help reduce these statistics, including being aware of unconscious bias and paternalistic attitudes and behaviours. The simplest form is being a positive role model for children and just taking time to look at the material that’s available. “My hope is that these conversations resonate and people actually take the time to become more aware which will help create change.”

And that change starts with expanding our knowledge. David is currently reading Clementine Ford’s book Fight Like A Girl and hopes the call to action will be that we read the book. Civilex and Conset staff thank David for attending and sharing his experience and knowledge with us.

About White Ribbon Ambassadors

White Ribbon Ambassadors are trained men who recognise the importance of men taking responsibility and being part of the solution to end violence, abuse and inequality faced by women across Australia. Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy into promoting the work of White Ribbon. They are official representatives who stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.

If you’re interested in becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador click here.

About the Prevalence

Violence against women is a complex and widespread issue, and while the statistics give rich insights into women’s experiences and men’s behaviour as perpetrators of violence, it is important to note that the statistics are not an exhaustive list. They are constantly updated as new data is uncovered.

These statistics should also be viewed as underestimates. Many women will never share their experience of violence, either with Police or with researchers from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Domestic Violence Hotlines

White Ribbon is a domestic violence primary prevention campaign. Specifically, White Ribbon works to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence and need help or support, please contact one of the support hotline numbers below.

• 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
• LIFELINE 13 11 14
• MENSLINE 1300 789 978
• KIDS HELP LINE 1800 551 800

Call 000 for Police and Ambulance help if you are in immediate danger.

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