DAY OF ACTION: Warren Grimshaw, Stewart Dowrick, Jillda Wright and Emma Knight with the tree of white ribbons.
DAY OF ACTION: Warren Grimshaw, Stewart Dowrick, Jillda Wright and Emma Knight with the tree of white ribbons.

Tackling cycle of violence

SOMEBODY'S wife, sister, daughter or mother will be killed at the hands of someone she knows this week.

Another will be killed next week, and then again the week after that.

One woman a week in Australia is killed by her current or former partner.

Forty per cent of all women in Australia have experienced violence since the age of 15.

One third of women worldwide will suffer abuse of some kind in her lifetime, including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, verbal, financial or workplace harassment.

These women are not anonymous statistics; they are hidden among the women you know.

"No community is immune," said Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) chief executive Stewart Dowrick.

MNCLHD is one of several organisations in the region to show its support for the White Ribbon campaign this year, which is now in its 11th year in Australia.

"As one of the biggest employers in the region, it is important to work towards prevention of domestic violence," Mr Dowrick said.

Toormina High School, NSW Police and Fire and Rescue NSW have also joined in this year, making it one of the most successful campaigns in Coffs Harbour to date.

Glen O'Hara of Interrelate said that violence against women is at epidemic proportions, and he is encouraging people in abusive situations to seek help.

"We want people to know that help is always available and that they can come to Interrelate without any judgement," he said.

"We encourage everyone to help break the silence around violence, to raise awareness of the issue and, most importantly, to seek support if you are experiencing violence in your relationship."

White Ribbon Day is a male-led campaign to end violence against women.

It was established in 1991 by a group of men in Toronto who decided they had a responsibility to speak out about and stop men's violence against women.

Two years earlier, a man had walked into a university in Montreal and massacred 14 of his female classmates, his actions bringing the issue of violence against women to the public consciousness.



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