A barbeque breakfast will be held in Dubbo on Monday 25 November to mark White Ribbon Day, a national day which aims to highlight the issue of male violence against women.
Dubbo residents will also notice several local buses featuring an advertising campaign to promote the issue which will be launched at the barbeque.
The campaign is project of the Dubbo Violence Prevention Collective and is supported by the Western NSW Local Health District. One of the local organisers of the campaign, Dubbo Community Health Women's Health Nurse Clinical Nurse Consultant,Joe Phillips, said the bus advertising aims to provide a visual reminder to men that violence against women is not acceptable.
“We want Dubbo men to no longer be bystanders; it's no longer business as usual and domestic violence should not be behind closed doors,” Joe said.
Four Dubbo local businessmen have been appointed as White Ribbon ambassadors to promote awareness in their own community. They are all in public service positions and able to play a very important role in discussing the issue with clients and other men they come across in their daily business.
“We have used men from different ages and cultural backgrounds in this campaign to demonstrate that violence does not discriminate and anyone can be a perpetrator or victim of domestic violence,” Joe said.
“It takes a community to change a community which is why we have used local men to help us promote the elimination of violence towards women.
“We run the Love Bites program in the Dubbo schools for years nine and ten to educate the young people of Dubbo. The launch of the local bus advertising is about promoting domestic violence to the whole community and reinforcing what we teach the youth at school”.
Western NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said the Health District strongly supports White Ribbon Day and the campaign to make people aware that violence against women is not acceptable.
“Violence impacts victims and the whole community. We know that the incidence of domestic violence in the general community is high, with several towns in our Health District ranking in the top 20 of reported domestic violence related assaults,” Mr McLachlan said.
“Anything we can do to prevent this is important and so I encourage our male health workers in Dubbo to support this campaign and attend the barbeque breakfast, as I will be, as a demonstration of their support”.
People are also encouraged to wear a white ribbon on White Ribbon Day.
The Barbeque Breakfast will be held on Monday 25 November from 9-10am at the Dubbo Rotunda in Macquarie Street. For more information please phone Joe Phillips on 6841 2222.
Media Opportunity: Media are invited to attend the event for photos/footage/interviews with key people. Contact on the day will be Joe Phillips.
Media Contact: Vanessa Delaney 6369 3833 or 0417 511 738