Wednesday, 23 November 2016
GOULBURN ENCOURAGED TO SUPPORT WHITE RIBBON DAY
Member for Goulburn and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward today encouraged the community of Goulburn to support White Ribbon Day on 25 November 2016.
Ms Goward called on men in the community to take the oath on White Ribbon Day to make a stand to prevent violence against women.
“White Ribbon challenges men to stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence against women being perpetrated by men” Ms Goward said.
“I encourage all men in the community to consider taking the oath and show your friends, family and colleagues that you will not stand for any form of violence against women.
“I’ll be joining men and women in Goulburn for the Goulburn Domestic Violence Committee’s ‘Step Up’ walk this Friday, which encourages men to ‘walk a mile in her shoes’ and highlights just how affected women and children are by domestic violence.
“Community involvement is critical in order to reduce domestic violence of all forms.
We need to work together and encourage our neighbours, family, friends, colleagues and the corporate section to all play their part in reducing the crime that is domestic violence.”
Ms Goward said domestic violence is one of the biggest social issues affecting the lives of women and children.
“The NSW Government is leading the nation in tackling domestic violence. The 2016-17 Budget doubles the investment in specialist domestic violence initiatives to over $300 million over four years to support victims and hold perpetrators to account.”
For information and support call the NSW Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732
For crisis accommodation information and referral call Link2home on 1800 152 152
Men having problems with violent behaviour can call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491