A day of action as the Government calls for end to violence against women

A day of action as the Government calls for end to violence against women

Office for Women International Forums International Days of Significance Womens Safety
Thursday, 26 November 2015

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and White Ribbon Day, the Government has called on all Australians to do everything they can to end violence against women.

The vast majority of Australians believe that violence against women is wrong, yet violence continues to affect women in every suburb and town across the country.

The statistics are appalling – one in five women in Australia experiences sexual violence, one in four experiences emotional abuse and one in three experiences physical violence.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister addressed the annual White Ribbon Day Breakfast at Parliament House. The Prime Minister reiterated that all violence against women begins with disrespecting women and urged all Australians to work together to effect cultural change.

Shortly after, the Chair of the COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence against Women and their Children – Mr Ken Lay – delivered a keynote address to Monash University.

Mr Lay reflected on the underlying causes of violence against women and how we all might begin to change the attitudes that encourage it, and talked about the emotion he felt when presented with confronting new research being released today about the attitudes of young people.

The Prime Minister later held a joint press conference with the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, to release the new research, which finds there are entrenched community attitudes that foster gender inequality and disrespect, in turn fuelling violence against women.

The research will be used to inform a $30 million national campaign to reduce violence against women and their children, due to begin early next year, and jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the states and territories.

Today’s announcements build on the public stand against violence towards women that leaders in the Australian media industry took yesterday.

Media leaders committed to follow the principles on responsible reporting developed by Our Watch and to reference the national 1800RESPECT domestic violence and sexual assault counselling and information service in relevant coverage.

There has been unprecedented momentum in combatting violence against women over the past year and today is an opportunity for all Australians to reflect on how they can help to end it.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au