If you’re a woman and been the victim of violence in your lifetime, you are not alone.On White Ribbon Day violence against women is brought into the spotlight and Relationships Australia wants Territory women to know they can help.
The United Nations Declaration defines violence against women as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.
Alarming new statistics from White Ribbon Australia reveal that 25 to 50 per cent of Australian women have been physically or sexually abused at the hands of a man during their lifetime. The numbers are even more sobering among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
“But it’s never too late to access help or leave a situation,” Ms Donnelly said.
“Relationships Australia is a strong advocate of White Ribbon Day and all of our staff will proudly wear our white ribbons.
“We’re also wrapping our office doors in white bows, so everyone will know it’s White Ribbon Day, and hopefully give a passing thought to the women around them or in their lives.
“Another important focus of White Ribbon Day is to encourage men to take a stand against violence towards women and this year Relationships Australia is sponsoring a men’s breakfast on Wednesday 27 November.”
If you are interested in attending this breakfast, please contact Adam Ryan at Anglicare NT on 8985 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Relationships Australia also offers individual and group support for men to consider how attitudes or behaviours affect relationships.
If you would like to talk to someone, speak with a counsellor or arrange to attend men’s sessions please call Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277