Friday, 9 December 2016
A 'STAND UP' event is being held at nib Stadium today to thank the men who took part in the project to mark the global male-led White Ribbon campaign.
Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said it was a stark reality that one in three women had experienced physical or sexual abuse perpetrated by someone known to them.
"The Liberal National Government has implemented a range of initiatives, including new family safety teams offering outreach services in the Kimberley to address the over-representation of Aboriginal women as victims of family and domestic violence in the region," she said.
"A meaningful reduction in family and domestic violence will only happen if as a society we challenge the attitudes that normalise this violence.
"I thank all the men, such as leading sportsmen Damian Martin and Matt Priddis, and Daniel Morrison, chief executive officer of the Aboriginal Alcohol and Drug Service, who have taken a stand as mentors and spoken out against violence towards women.
"As a community, we must not accept violence in any form, and the more awareness there is about the realities of family and domestic violence, the more we can hold perpetrators accountable and protect those who are vulnerable."