City of Rockingham joins White Ribbon campaign against domestic violence

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City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels signs the White Ribbon Day Oath.
Camera IconCity of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels signs the White Ribbon Day Oath. Credit: City of Rockingham

City of Rockingham will join the campaign to prevent violence against women by supporting White Ribbon Day on Friday.

White Ribbon Day is a national event on November 23 that encourages the community to speak out about violence against women.

As part of White Ribbon Day, men are encouraged to sign the White Ribbon Oath pledging that they will take a stand to prevent violence against women.

Mayor Barry Sammels, who has signed the White Ribbon Oath for the past four years, said it was vital for people to start speaking out.

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“The City is proud to support the White Ribbon campaign,” Mr Sammels said.

“By signing the White Ribbon oath we are setting an example as community leaders that violence against women is totally unacceptable.

“Rockingham should be a community where all women are respected and can feel safe. We encourage residents across the City to join in the White Ribbon campaign and help bring violence against women to an end.”

The impact of domestic violence in Australia is huge, with statistics showing one in three women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.

It has also been found to be the leading cause of homelessness for women and children across the country.

Since originating in Canada in 1991, White Ribbon has grown to become the world’s biggest male-led movement committed to ending violence against women. The campaign is now active in more than 60 countries.

For more information on the range of services and support agencies available to help with domestic violence visit the White Ribbon stall located in the foyer at the City’s Administration Building on Civic Boulevard.

Alternatively, if you are experiencing violence or suspect others may be, please contact 1800 RESPECT. In an emergency call police on 000.

Gilmore College will also host a colour fun run for staff and students on November 30 to raise awareness of White Ribbon Day.

The school community will join thousands more around the country as they come together to stand up, speak out and say no to gendered violence.

In conjunction with the colour fun run, the school will also raise awareness around White Ribbon Day by hosting stalls from Kwinana MLA and State Health Minister Roger Cook, Rockingham’s Lucy Saw Women’s Refuge, and Kwinana police.

The program Love Bites will also be delivered to classes.

Gilmore College’s colour run will be held from 9am-2.30pm.

For more information on White Ribbon Day, visit whiteribbon.org.au.

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