Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

Prominent WA men condemn violence against women

23/11/2007 9:45 AM
 
23/11/07

More than 90 high profile Western Australian men including entertainers, businessmen, artists, sportsmen and politicians have united to condemn violence against women, one third of whom in Australia are likely to be assaulted by their partner or spouse.

The men are ambassadors of White Ribbon Day which takes place on Sunday and was marked this morning with a breakfast at Perth Town Hall by Communities Minister Sue Ellery.

“It is a tragic fact that 34 per cent of Australian women have reported violence by a partner during their lifetime,” Ms Ellery said.

“A total of 40 per cent of women have reported being injured in the most recent violent incident and 36 per cent have reported that their children witnessed the violence.

“In WA last year, police were called out to more than 27,000 homes where domestic violence incidents occurred, and made nearly 11,000 domestic violence related arrests.

“White Ribbon Day is a national campaign to eliminate violence against women by promoting culture change among men and boys, and those men who stand up and speak out should be commended for the positive message they are sending to the community.”

Among the WA ambassadors this year are musician John Butler, Premier Alan Carpenter, chief magistrate Steven Heath, WA Cricket Association president Dennis Lillee, Inside Cover journalist Luke Morfesse, Eskimo Joe’s Stu MacLeod, Joel Quartermain and Kav Temperley, police commissioner Karl O’Callaghan, West Coast Eagles footballer David Wirrpanda, WA Governor Dr Ken Michael, theatre director Matt Lutton and Seven News sports presenter Basil Zempilas.

The Minister said the rate of violence against Aboriginal women in Australia was particularly shocking, with Aboriginal women 45 times more likely to experience violence than non-Aboriginal women.

Speaking at the breakfast, retired AFL midfielder and advocate for stronger Aboriginal communities Troy Cook said that while not all men were violent towards women and children, it was up to everyone in the community to make a stand against violent behaviour.

“Every man can be an ambassador against violence by talking about the issue, being a positive role model and condemning all forms of violence in our community,” Mr Cook said.

“All women can support their mothers, daughters and friends by showing their support for men who say no to violence against women.”

In 2006, almost 350,000 white ribbons were worn by men and women across Australia.

White ribbons can be purchased at all Body Shop stores, Napoleon Perdis make-up outlets and Network Video stores or online at http://whiteribbonday.org/au

Minister's office: 9213 7150

Click on PDF to view the full list of White Ribbon Day WA ambassadors