To the people who get defensive or upset when they hear about UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women – this day exists because of your attitude. It’s not about a minority of perpetrators, it’s about a broader issue globally that you can actually have a local impact upon. That’s right, just like Captain Planet always told us, we can make a change. And here’s what we’re changing:
- 1 in 5 Australian women over the age of 15 have experienced sexual violence during their lifetime.
- 1 in 6 Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner.
- 1 in 4 Australian women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.
- 1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence.
The ninth annual Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday 25 November 2016, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
As part of the event, you’ll hear first hand from Guest Speaker Hon. Marcia Neave AO, Chair of the recent Royal Commission into Family Violence. In March this year the Commissioners delivered their report to Government House in Victoria, the culmination of a 13 month inquiry. The Commission was tasked with making recommendations that will influence generational change to prevent and respond to family violence, including making perpetrators accountable, improving early intervention and supporting victims.
Prior to the Royal Commission, Justice Neave was a judge of the Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Victoria, and has been a Professor at three Australian universities. With her enduring interest in the way the law responds to the needs of women, Justice Neave has some first hand experience that will undoubtedly provide a timely reminder of why the White Ribbon Campaign in South Australia is so important..