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White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women, because all women have a right to live in safety free from all forms of men's violence.

Why is White Ribbon important?

Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide. And Australia is not immune.

Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia where:

  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
  • A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home.
  • Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
  • Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44.
  • One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
  • One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse.
  • The cost of violence against women to the Australian economy is estimated to rise to $15.6 billion per annum.
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace. 
  • One in five women over 18 has been stalked during her lifetime.

Research indicates that:

  • There’s increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties from childhood exposure to intimate partner violence.
  • Children exposed to violence in the home are at an increased risk of going on to commit or experience violence.
  • Domestic violence impacts an employee’s ability to perform tasks in the workplace.
  • Violence against women in the workplace impacts on the organisational climate and employees’ sense of wellbeing.

But there is hope, because research also shows that:

  • Building greater equality and respect between men and women can reduce attitudes that support violence.
  • Social policy initiatives addressing gender inequity are central to reducing violence against women.
 


 

 

What is the CPSU/CSA doing to end violence against women.

Violence against women may not seem like a workplace issue but, in fact, one in five women experience harassment within the workplace[1] and a recent survey revealed that of the 48% of respondents who had discussed their domestic violence problem with their manager, only 10% found their response helpful[2].

Nearly 800,000 Australian women experiencing domestic violence are in the paid workforce.   Remaining in secure employment and having economic independence is one of the most significant predictors of whether women in violent domestic relationships leave those relationships.  

The CPSU/CSA is currently in the process of applying for Workplace Accreditation.

White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation is exclusively available to organisations who have supplied and documented evidence against White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Framework. Accreditation lasts for 3 years, evidencing an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of men’s violence against women.

Inclusion of Domestic Violence Leave clauses in agreements.

The CPSU/CSA will be campaigning for paid domestic violence leave in our next round of bargaining. Our claim will include 10 days paid leave to attend court appearances, medical and legal appointments and make safety and re-location arrangements. It will also allow employees to request a modification to working arrangements to address safety issues.

There is growing momentum for inclusion of Domestic Violence Leave in workplaces agreements with Bill Shorten set to announce that under a Labor government victims of domestic violence will be eligible for an extra five days of leave[3].
1. Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide.
2. VicHealth, 2009, National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.
3. The Australian Financial Review; Wednesay, 25 November 2015; Page 8.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence
please contact one of the support services below.

Western Australia

  • Women's Domestic Violence Helpline
    08 9223 1188/ 1800007 339
  • Crisis Care
    1800 199 00808 or 9233 1111
  • Sexual Assault Res. Centre
    08 9340 1828 or 1800 199 888
  • Men's Helpline
    08 9223 1199 or 1800 000 599

National

  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
     
  • Lifeline has a national number who can help put you in contact with a crisis service in your State (24 hours)
    131 114
     
  • Police or Ambulance
    000 in an emergency for police or ambulance.
     
  • Translating and Interpreting Service
    Phone to gain access to an interpreter in your own language (free)
    131 450
     
  • Mensline Australia
    Supports men and boys who are dealing with family and relationship difficulties
    1300 78 99 78
     
  • Kids Help Line
    Telephone counselling for children and young people
    Freecall: 1800 551 800.
    E-mail and web counselling www.kidshelp.com.au
     
  • Australian Childhood Foundation
    Counselling for children and young people affected by abuse
    1800-176-453 or 9874 -3922
    www.childhood.org.au or www.stopchildabuse.com.au
     
  • Relationships Australia
    Support groups and counselling on relationships, and for abusive and abused partners.
    1300-364-277 or Vic (03) 9261-8700. Website: www.relationships.com.au
     
  • ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse) A service to adult survivors, their friends and family and the health care professionals who support them.
    Support line: 1300 657 380
    www.asca.org.au
     
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
    An Australia-wide telephone hotline for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.
    Ph. 1800 880 052
    www.disabilityhotline.org
     
  • Safe Relationships Project
    Provide men and women who are experiencing domestic violence in Same Sex relationships with support, advocacy, referral and information.

    The Department of Community Services Domestic Violence Line is the primary information service for people experiencing domestic violence in NSW. The DV line is free and staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week.
    Ph. 1800 65 64 63

    LGBTIQ Domestic Violence Information:
    Another Closet
    www.anothercloset.com.au

    Transgender and Transsexual People:
    Gender Centre
    Services for people with gender issues.
    Phone: (02) 9569 2366
    www.gendercentre.org.au

    lntersex People:
    The Australian affiliate of Organisation Internationale des Intersexues (OII Australia)
    www.oii.org.au
    Email: info@oii.org.au
 

 

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