ACU says NO to domestic violence

Published: Wednesday 25th November 2015

ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg CravenWhite Ribbon Ambassador and ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven applauds the hundreds of staff and students who have shown their support this week for a campaign to end domestic violence.

The ACU community has held a series of White Ribbon events across its campuses this week to help break the silence around domestic violence.

The White Ribbon campaign is built around men speaking out against violence, and speaking up for the right of women to feel safe.  White Ribbon Ambassador and ACU Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven says he is proud of the ACU community for showing their support for the campaign.

“White Ribbon Day aligns with ACU’s Mission and values which honour the dignity of all people. Everyone has the right to feel safe and we must send the message that violence is unacceptable in our community.”

“Staff and students have shown their solidarity with those who have suffered from violence by attending White Ribbon events, wearing a White Ribbon and posting messages of their support to social media channels,” Professor Craven said.

A photogallery can be viewed of students and staff who have posted photos with a White Ribbon Flag containing a message of support.

“I applaud the staff on our Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield and Ballarat campuses who have held White Ribbon events this week to raise awareness and funds to support work to end the cycles of violence.”

Support for those in need

It is important to reach out to anyone who you believe is being affected by domestic violence and let them know that help is available.  You can download an information sheet that details the support services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The University’s Employee Assistance Provider (ACCESS EAP) can provide professional counselling services.  Staff are encouraged to read their domestic violence fact sheet to understand how EAP can connect people with services for emotional, legal and financial support.

Staff are reminded that the University also has paid leave provisions available to support staff members who are experiencing the effects of family or domestic violence.

ACU's Ballarat community shows their support for White Ribbon Day

Above: Staff and students on ACU's Ballarat campus show their support for the White Ribbon campaign.