Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    Youth say no to violence

    30/11/2012 12:00 AM
     

    • High school students swear an oath against domestic and family violence
    • Students encouraged to access Youth Say No website 
    Warnbro Community High School students have sworn on oath today never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women, as the White Ribbon Day message was honoured at their school.
     
    Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney commended Warnbro Community High School for taking an active interest in the campaign to stop violence against women. 
     
    Department for Child Protection director general, and White Ribbon Day ambassador, Terry Murphy addressed students and teachers about the role everyone has to play in ending violence against women.
     
    Mr Murphy also used the event to introduce students to the Youth Say No campaign which was created by the Department for Child Protection to support young people experiencing, or know of someone experiencing, family and domestic violence.
     
    “The campaign is about addressing issues affecting young people such as dating violence and family and domestic violence, and empowering young people to take action,” Mr Murphy said.
     
    “It is important that we encourage our young people to heed this message early on in their lives as this will foster generational change in attitudes and empower our youth to understand the role they can have in bringing family and domestic violence to an end.
     
    “To do this we need role models in our community to teach our youth about appropriate behaviours and attitudes, respect and that violence is never acceptable, so our young people take this message into adulthood.”
     
    To encourage people to adopt this message, the Department for Child Protection; the Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence (WA); and Warnbro Community High School hosted an event where students were encouraged to talk about the issue of family and domestic violence and violence against women.
     
    The event coincided with the recent White Ribbon Day and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, both international campaigns to raise awareness about the impact of violence against women.
     
    “Students were given the opportunity to swear the White Ribbon Day oath and talk with White Ribbon Day ambassadors and community leaders about how we all have a role to play to keep people and our community safe and free from violence,” Mrs McSweeney said.
     
    “Marching in last week’s silent march, I was moved by the community support to stop violence against women and educating young people at an early age that violence is not acceptable is essential to stamp out this criminal behaviour.”
     
          Fact File
    • Youth Say No website: http://www.youthsayno.wa.gov.au/
    • Take the White Ribbon Oath online at: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au
    • Support available for victims of violence from 24-hour Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline FREECALL 1800 007 339
    • This year, $23m provided to specialist family and domestic violence accommodation 
    Minister’s office - 6552 6500