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Why Do We Need White Ribbon Day?

By 4 April 2013Criminal Law

White Ribbon is a male-led foundation designed to foster prevention of violence against women. Violence against women is everyone’s business.

“He was the love of my life, I thought we would eventually get married.”

Susan’s life with her dream man turned into a nightmare within a few short years. She gave up her career to join him in business, but when things turned sour, Susan bore the brunt of his anger and frustration. An educated women, Susan never expected to find herself in this position. To be told she was ugly, useless, and covering the bruises with makeup and long sleeves.

Susan’s story, sadly, is not unusual. I personally knew of a highly respected orthopaedic surgeon who’s young wife finally had enough and bolted with the kids. Statistics tell us that partner violence happens to women from all backgrounds, and one in six women have experienced violence either from a former or current partner.

Helen was shocked at the lack of support from her friends when she walked away after having endured abuse throughout a 30 year long marriage. Even her female friends turned their back on her. We have a blaming culture. If an abuse victim ends up in court, the defending solicitor will try to destroy her character and suggest her actions were the reason for the man’s violence.

Most women hang on in an abusive relationship for the kids, or for financial reasons. It takes great courage to walk away, but violence against women should never be tolerated by anyone. In her 7 years on the job, a domestic violence police officer stated that she had seen only a handful of women walk away.” A woman is assaulted 24 times before she walks in the door of a police station”

November 25th was White Ribbon Day. The message from White Ribbon is simple: Domestic violence is not acceptable.

White Ribbon is a male-led foundation designed to foster prevention of violence against women. Violence against women is everyone’s business.

Susan stated that she felt isolated. If one of her partner’s mates had pulled him aside about his behaviour, it would have made the world of difference to her.

Changing the attitude of men is important in tackling violence against women. Abuse is not a private matter. Abusers need to be told it is not right.

This article appeared in our local paper the day before White Ribbon Day:

“Bashed woman weeps as partner is sent to prison” A young pregnant woman sat in the public gallery as her partner was jailed for assaulting her. Police stated she had bruises to her head, thigh, arms, ribs. The defence solicitor stated that his client’s partner was in court to support him, and he had a problem with stress and anger management.

This is a story we hear all too frequently.