The Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with the Nowra Domestic Violence Committee, are proud ambassadors in the fight against violence against women and hosted a morning tea to support White Ribbon Day on Friday, 23 November at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.
Mayor Amanda Findley said Council continues to support the Shoalhaven’s White Ribbon movement.
“Sadly violence against women is still prevalent in our Community with recent statistics highlighting that one in two women have experienced sexual harassment during her lifetime,” Clr Findley said.
“We want people to know that violence against women in any way is unacceptable and our morning tea on Friday is to raise critical awareness of an issue that is important in every community and affects everyone.”
"I want to thank Peter Kenworthy for taking on the role of Ambassador. It’s a difficult gig and I really appreciate how he has approached this, particularly in respect to giving voice to women’s story’s that have a high impact on many men - pointing out that women who are impacted on by domestic violence are their sisters' mothers aunties and friends"
"Violence against women is at epidemic proportions. Devastatingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence," local White Ribbon Ambassador, Mr Peter Kenworthy said.
"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. In the Shoalhaven last year, there were 339 incidents of domestic assaults, 109 of sexual assault and a horrendous 438 incidents of harassment and threatening behaviour".
"And the women lost are not just statistics – they are wives, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, 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".
The Nowra Domestic Violence Committee has been proactive in the Shoalhaven community, conducting primary prevention events this year. This includes: a documentary night ('Call Me Dad' - Men's Behaviour Change Program) on 29 August and conducting a school video competition - 'Breaking the Silence' for local Primary and High Schools. The entrants submitted a short video that promotes respect and gender equality, with the winners from this competition announced at the White Ribbon Morning Tea.
In addition to White Ribbon Day, the Shoalhaven City Council will be supporting the United Nations UNiTE to End Violence Against Women (25 November) and the 16 Days of Activism campaigns which are held internationally from 25 November to 10 December. We look forward to the community coming together to STAND UP, SPEAK OUT and ACT to raise awareness of men's violence against women and children in our community.
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.