Media Release from White Ribbon Australia
The Coleraine Football Netball Club (CFNC), together with the Branxholme Football Netball Club and the Coleraine Campus of Western District Health Service (WDHS) are ‘breaking the silence around violence’ by participating in the White Ribbon Round on Saturday July 1.
The CFNC is organising the event to help raise awareness of White Ribbon’s work to end men’s violence against women. All funds raised will support prevention initiatives in schools, workplaces and the broader community.
A White Ribbon will be painted on the Coleraine Oval and players will take the oath and wear white arm bands during the match. Inspector, Nick Finnegan from Hamilton Police will also speak about violence against women in the community at an afternoon tea at 3.30pm, for a $5 donation.
WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says the Clubs and WDHS are combining to show fans, sponsors and the wider community that they are united and committed to tackling this issue, to help break the silence around violence.
“The aim is to raise awareness and funds for White Ribbon, and WDHS is pleased to join with local football and netball clubs in support of this vital campaign.
The White Ribbon Round is one of a range of events and activities the Health Service has been involved in across the region to highlight the need for people to ‘stand up and speak out’.
Violence against women is unacceptable and people need to understand that it is never the fault of the victim, help is available and if you see something you should definitely say something. We can all make a difference and bring an end to men’s violence against women,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
Devastatingly, over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result of intimate partner violence.
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.
The women lost are not just statistics – they are wives, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, 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.
Those who wish to support the critical work of White Ribbon Australia in the prevention of men’s violence against women can also make a tax deductible donation at www.whiteribbon.org.au/donate. Alternatively they may host their own White Ribbon event to raise awareness in the community as well as funds to support primary prevention initiatives. Events can be registered at www.whiteribbon.org.au/events.
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.