THE City of Rockingham will join the campaign to prevent violence against women by supporting White Ribbon Day tomorrow.
White Ribbon Day is a national event 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.
City of Rockingham 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.
“The City of Rockingham is proud to support the White Ribbon campaign,” he said.
“By signing the White Ribbon oath we are setting an example as community leaders that violence against women is totally unacceptable.
“The City of 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 stallin the foyer at the City’s Administration Building on Civic Boulevard.
If you are experiencing violence or suspect others may be, call 1800 RESPECT. In an emergency call police on 000.