White Ribbon is the biggest male-led primary prevention movement to end men’s violence against women.
White Ribbon Australia’s ambassador program supports thousands of men to be the faces and leaders of the campaign.
‘As a leader in local government I want to play a role to address this very important issue,’ he said.
‘This is an issue I feel strongly about and I am aware that it is an ongoing issue for police.
‘It is not just physical violence but verbal attacks that we need to stamp out and my aim as a civic leader is to promote and raise awareness that any violence in our community is unacceptable.’
Mr Pickard said the White Ribbon ambassador program promoted the elimination of violence against women, which was timely given the recent rise in reports of domestic violence attributed to community awareness and a focus on encouraging victims to report to police.
‘It is important that women stand up to domestic violence and do not keep it a secret by not only reporting it to police but seeking support with services offered by government and non-government organisations,’ he said.
‘Witnesses must also have the courage to stand up and challenge the behaviour or talk about the issue.’
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