To quote – “The White Ribbon Campaign aims to raise awareness among Australian men and boys about the roles they can play to prevent violence against women. The campaign calls for men across Australia to speak out and take an oath swearing never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.”

As a qualified and experienced counsellor, I am aware that there is still a lack of understanding out there in some areas as to just what constitutes violence against women (and for that matter against men).  Many people still think that it is limited to the shoving, hitting, beating and kicking that goes with physical violence.  Not true, some other forms of abuse include sexual abuse or rape inside marriage/relationships, isolating from or restricting access to family and friends, monitoring who the woman talks to and where she goes, verbal abuse in the form of humiliation or put downs, emotional abuse; e.g. using threats about harming the children.  This is by no means a complete list.

So what can you do? When you buy your ribbon, take that next step and make sure you become fully informed about what violence against women is.   This knowledge well used could go a long way in preventing abuse.

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