Wrapped in White Against Domestic Violence

On Friday 20th November 2020, White Ribbon Queensland urges every household to tie a white ribbon on their letterbox to raise awareness against domestic violence.

With 1 in 3 Australian women at risk of being a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime, the White Ribbon campaign aims to visibly raise awareness of this operant conditioning within our society.

According to Chiu-Hing Chan, Chair, White Ribbon Queensland, “the statistics surrounding domestic violence in the home tripled during COVID.

“We know that events on their own are not enough – we need communities to mobilise for change,” said Ms Chan, “The purpose of White Ribbon Day this year is to not only speak about the change that is needed, but to get involved in creating it.”

White Ribbon Queensland encourages everyone to decorate their letterboxes with white ribbons, white balloons, white lights, white teddy bears, white flowers, streamers or bed sheets to raise awareness and conversations surrounding Domestic Violence.

White Ribbon Day aims to raise awareness of domestic violence, promote respectful relationships and creating a community free of violence and abuse. Community by Community, workplace by workplace, White Ribbon Australia seeks to generate an ongoing message against gendered violence and eliminate men’s violence against women.

FAST FACTS

  • 1 in 3 Australian women will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime
  • 1 in 5 women over 18 years has been stalked during their lifetime
  • Approximately 10 women per day in Australia are hospitalised for assault injuries perpetrated by a spouse or domestic partner.
  • 52 women are killed annually due to DV related cases
  • 81% of Australians believe a person would not be detected or charged with Domestic Violence unless they physically injured or stalked someone, broke property or breached a Domestic Violence Order
  • A recent survey conducted amongst young males, showed the 1 in 3 do not consider punching a form of domestic abuse,
  • 42% of men aged between 18 to 34 do not regard physical violence such as punching or hitting to be domestic violence, according to a recent survey conducted White Ribbon Australia
  • 70% of Australians believe coercive control over women should be a criminal offense
  • Domestic Violence rates increase by 15% in VIC and 16% in NSW during AFL grand final day
  • Meanwhile there was a 28% increase in Domestic Violence in NSW on NRL grand final day.

 

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