ACU is holding a series of local campus White Ribbon events to help break the silence around domestic violence.
Australia is grappling with how to tackle domestic violence, which has left at least 63 women dead so far this year. Many others have had their lives severely impacted by physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse. The women affected are not just statistics – they are wives, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues.
The White Ribbon events support an international campaign to promote awareness of the issue, as well as to raise funds for projects to end the cycles of violence. The White Ribbon campaign is built around men speaking out against violence, and speaking up for the right of women to feel safe. ACU's own Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven is a White Ribbon Ambassador. White Ribbon Day aligns with ACU’s Mission and Values which honour the dignity of all individuals, and ACU staff are encouraged to show their support for the campaign this week.
How to show your support
Attend the White Ribbon Day even on your campus. Dates and details are listed below.
In the lead up to White Ribbon Day, hundreds of ACU staff and students at Ballarat (100+) and Melbourne (200+) have taken part of a visual campaign by posting photos of themselves to social media, showing the White Ribbon Flag containing a message of support to promote the reduction of violence in relationships. The photo gallery can be seen on ACU’s Facebook page. You can download a flag template here to print for use in your own photo.
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.
White Ribbon Day events
Canberra: Monday, 23 November
A morning tea will be held at 10:30 – 11:30am in the Signadou Rose Garden.
Brisbane: Monday, 23 November
A morning tea will be held at 10:15am in the staff room – AB18.
Melbourne: Tuesday, 24 November
A presentation by Katherine Georgakopoulos from Doncare will be held at 12.30 pm on the Ground floor of Mary Glowery building. Katherine and a team from Doncare developed the ‘iMatter’ app to help young women understand the warning signs of abusive and controlling behaviour in relationships as well as promote healthy self-esteem. Katherine and several iMatter leaders will staff an information stand to coincide with the talk.
Ballarat: Wednesday, 25 November A morning tea will be held 10.30am in the staff room.
North Sydney: Wednesday, 25 November Afternoon Tea will be held for staff from 3pm to 4pm in the Ryan Auditorium Foyer.
Strathfield: Wednesday, 25 November
A barbecue will be held for staff from 11:30am to 12:30pm in the quadrangle.
Above: Staff and students on ACU's Ballarat campus show their support for the White Ribbon campaign.