Media Release – Stopping violence against women demands more than awareness raising

It is concerning that the White Ribbon Foundation is reported to be in turmoil.

Their approach to awareness raising should be subject to visible evaluation as to its impact on changing violence supportive behaviours and attitudes.

Primary prevention of domestic violence demands more than awareness raising.

It requires collaboration and co-operation in putting in place a long term, multi-level comprehensive approach as outlined in the AWHN Health and Primary Prevention of Violence Against Women paper.

White Ribbons contribution to this approach must be made visible if they are to continue to take up valuable resources.

“While it is important to raise public awareness about violence against women it is crucial this is done in ways the evidence shows to be effective,” Australian Women’s Health Network (AWHN) CEO Kelly Banister said.

“Awareness raising campaigns alone will do nothing to stop women being abused and murdered across this country,” she said.

“Dedicated funding must be provided to primary prevention organisations to deliver the range of activities that are known to be effective, as well as to services which can respond appropriately when violence has occurred, if we are serious about eliminating violence against women.”

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