While many Australians enjoy a comparatively safe and peaceful lifestyle, the 2012 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey presented by Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (www.anrows.org.au) demonstrated that:
- 1 in 3 women over 15 years had experienced physical violence
- 1 in 5 women experience sexual violence
- 1 in 4 women experience emotional abuse from a current or former partner
- 36% of women experienced physical or sexual violence from someone they knew
- 1 in 3 children under 15 witness or are victims of violence
To mark White Ribbon Day, staff at Cowra Health Service are signing a giant white ribbon ahead of Friday, 25 November when the day is marked nationally.
During the week, several local schools will also be displaying their signed giant white ribbons that were created as part of the Respect–Ed project.
'Respect-Ed' is a project motivated by current research that demonstrates by promoting healthy and equal relationships, students are better equipped to develop healthy relationships as they get older, which in turn helps reduce relationship violence.
Cowra schools and local service providers hosted the unique event recently to help foster respectful attitudes and healthy relationships between students.
Children learnt about challenging stereotypes, developing positive communication skills and learning about the importance of respect in relationships being keys to preventing relationship issues among young people and adults.
If you or someone you know is experiencing relationship, domestic or family violence they can seek help by ringing the Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463, Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 or a number of local services including Cowra Community Health on (02) 6340 9100. In an emergency always phone triple zero (000) first.
For more information about White Ribbon Day please visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.
Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via email@example.com