Domestic violence prevention in focus at PM&C White Ribbon panel

Domestic violence prevention in focus at PM&C White Ribbon panel

Office for Women Womens Safety
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Alastair MacGibbon, Jo Wood, Mirjana Wilson, Simone O’Brien and Bernie Pearce at PM&C for the White Ribbon panel discussion.

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Experiences of domestic violence and policy responses to this insidious issue was the focus of the White Ribbon Day panel at PM&C on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

Standing in for the Secretary, Deputy Secretary Alastair MacGibbon hosted the panel at the Department’s Barton office that was livestreamed to all PM&C offices around the country.

First to speak was Simone O’Brien, who told her horrific story of violence and outlined her campaign to educate the nation about the red flags that can signal domestic violence. In Simone’s case, her red flags weren’t physical or verbal abuse, but rather behaviour like deleting things from her phone, and stealing money and possessions.

Simone explained that during the relationship, she had no knowledge of her perpetrator’s previous history of domestic violence. Her motivation today is to support women so they can tell their stories and ensure that perpetrators of domestic violence cannot continue to use violence in subsequent relationships. Simone’s presentation was truly moving for all who attended and several audience members expressed their thanks to Simone for telling her story during Q&A.

Jo Wood, Family Violence Coordinator-General for the ACT and Mirjana Wilson, CEO of the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service also joined the panel. In their presentations, both explained the challenges and successes of domestic violence strategies and services in the ACT. Their insights were invaluable in understanding the complexities of policy in this area.

Thanks also to Bernie Pearce, White Ribbon Ambassador, Capital Region White Ribbon Committee for taking the time to join us.