Australia's campaign to stop violence against women
White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent male violence against women.
It is a male-led campaign that believes that most men are good and that good men abhor such violence. White Ribbon also believes in the capacity of the individual to change and to encourage change in others.
Through primary prevention initiatives and an annual campaign, White Ribbon seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate violence against women.
Violence against women is a grave problem in Australian society. One woman is killed every week by a current or former partner. One in three women over the age of 15 report physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives. And domestic and family violence is the major cause of homelessness for women and their children, and a recognised form of child abuse.
Violence against women also places a massive financial burden on the nation. In the 2009 Time For Action Report, KPMG estimated that violence against women and their children cost the Australian economy $13.6 billion annually. This number is expected to rise to $15.6 billion within the decade.
White Ribbon works to stop this insidious violence.
Need advice or support?
Contact the Women's Domestic Violence Crisis Service on 1800 015 188 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for:
support, to talk about how you're feeling and what your options may be
information on family violence support services, legal rights and accommodation options.
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