Police from the Tweed/Byron Local Command will join their Queensland and Federal counterparts on Friday for a White Ribbon Day breakfast to highlight the issue of domestic violence.

The NSW Police Tweed/Byron Local Area Commander, Superintendent Michael Kenny, says: “If some men are violent, it gives other men a bad name, and we as police want to show we won’t tolerate domestic violence.

“Men can help play a lead role in helping stop violence against women.

“Wearing the white ribbon is a pledge to so.

“Show it’s never okay. There is no excuse for violence against women or any form of domestic violence.

“I urge everyone to show their support and wear a white ribbon on November 25.”

The NSW Police Force says police regularly deal with issues of domestic violence and violence against women and it is an issue which police take very seriously,

“Wearing a white ribbon on the 25 November shows solidarity to White Ribbon Day, and helps create an end to violence against women and draw public awareness to family and domestic violence,” a spokesman said.

White Ribbon Day is the start of the 16 Days of Activism, which ends on World Human Rights Day December 10.

Police from the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, the Gold Coast District and the Federal Police will join with many other government and non-government organisations to participate in a White Ribbon Day breakfast at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary at 7am EST this Friday 21 November.

The White Ribbon Foundation recently released a report, co-authored by Michael Flood from The Violence Against Women Program, Victoria Health, revealing half a million teenagers are living with violence in the home.

The report – An Assault on Our Future: The impact of violence on young people and their relationships – shows that this violence is having a major impact on the long-term health and well-being of Australia’s children.

The report also highlights clear evidence that many boys hold violence-supportive attitudes:

  • One in seven (14%) boys believe that ‘it’s okay to make a girl have sex with you if she was flirting’.
  • One in three (31%) boys believe ‘it’s not a big deal to hit a girl’.
  • One in three (32%) boys believe ‘most physical violence occurs because a partner provoked it’.

The 16 Days of Activism aims to increase community awareness of the issue, and encourages reporting to police, particularly by young women.

Figures show that 57% of Australian women will experience an incident of physical or sexual violence by a man in their lifetime.