White Ribbon – a symbol to stop violence against women
White ribbons will be worn in Australia and around the world today to mark White Ribbon Day, part of an important campaign to stop violence against women.
Status of Women Minister Gail Gago said wearing a white ribbon on White Ribbon Day shows a commitment to changing the attitudes and behaviours within the community that lead to violence against women.
"White Ribbon Day is part of the White Ribbon Campaign, Australia's only national, male-led violence prevention campaign and the largest global male-led movement to stop men's violence against women," Ms Gago said.
"White Ribbon Day is held annually on 25 November, and is an opportunity for men to commit their support to ending violence against women.
"Men are encouraged to become ambassadors and make a difference by swearing an oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. There are more than 2,000 ambassadors across Australia, with more than 300 in South Australia.
"I encourage anyone who has not taken the oath to do so today, and for South Australians to get involved by attending one of the free public events being held across the state.
"Today I am also pleased to announce the completion of an important milestone, the roll-out of the Family Safety Framework across South Australia.
"The Family Safety Framework supports families at high risk of domestic violence and provides them with access to coordinated services and support, regardless of where they live.
"Regular family safety meetings are a key component of the framework, which are now routinely held in 19 locations across South Australia.
"Successful collaboration between South Australia and the Northern Territory has also seen the framework put in place Alice Springs, which is the first time Family Safety Meetings have been established in another jurisdiction.
"The framework in South Australia and the Northern Territory has been so successful that New South Wales has modelled their proposed Safety Action meetings on it.
For further information about White Ribbon Day or to find out about free public events, visit www.whiteribbon.org.au
For further information about the Family Safety Framework in South Australia visit www.officeforwomen.sa.gov.au