White Ribbon Day 2017 – Announcement

24 November 2017

Dear staff and students

Saturday November 25 is White Ribbon Day, a day to raise awareness of White Ribbon Australia's work to end men's violence against women.

It is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The University is committed to providing support and assistance to any of our staff or students who may experience situations of violence in their domestic life. White Ribbon Day on 25 November helps to raise awareness of this issue across our community and it is a campaign that ANU fully supports.

In Australia the statistics are stark and paint a picture of how serious and widespread domestic violence is. The data quoted by Our Watch includes:

  • On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner in Australia.
  • One in three Australian women has experienced physical violence, since the age of 15.
  • One in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.
  • One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.

The women behind these statistics come from all walks of life. They are wives, mothers, daughters, grand-daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, friends and colleagues. Women and their children who are subject to domestic violence experience significant and long term impacts including homelessness, health and psychological illness and economic disadvantage.

The Australian White Ribbon campaign reminds us that to end men's violence against women, men must stand up, speak out and act. Silence and inaction will let this violence continue.

As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I personally take an active role in advocating for change to enable men to respond to attitudes and practices that contribute to gender inequalities and violence against women.

You can help too by speaking out against violence.

Don't just stand by. Join me and take the White Ribbon Oath

Refer to the White Ribbon website for tips on speaking out.

Share your support for an end to violence against women through the UN Women Say No UNiTE to End Violence Against Women. Go to the UNiTE Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SayNO.UNiTE and twitter.com/SayNO_UNiTE.

Professor Richard Baker Pro Vice-Chancellor University Experience



If you have experienced or are affected by domestic violence and need crisis support, confidential counselling or other advice or support, refer to the contacts and resources below:

National 24 hour phone support

1800 RESPECT | 1800 737 732

Domestic Violence Crisis Service Canberra

24 Hour Crisis Line 6280 0900, (TTY 6228 1852)

Women's Legal Centre, ACT

W: http://womenslegalact.org/ 

PH: In ACT (02) 6257 4499; Outside ACT 1800 634 669
Mon-Fri 9.30am to 12pm

Domestic and Family Violence Unit
Legal Aid ACT

W: http://www.legalaidact.org.au/whatwedo/dvunit/ PH: (02) 6207 1874 or 1300 654 314
Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Is someone you know being abused in a relationship?

ANU Staff domestic violence prevention leave provisions

ANU Enterprise Agreement - Domestic violence