White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women, because all women have a right to live in safety free from all forms of men's violence.
Why is White Ribbon important?
Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women, affecting 30 per cent of women worldwide. And Australia is not immune.
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia where:
Research indicates that:
But there is hope, because research also shows that:
What is the CPSU/CSA doing to end violence against women.
Violence against women may not seem like a workplace issue but, in fact, one in five women experience harassment within the workplace and a recent survey revealed that of the 48% of respondents who had discussed their domestic violence problem with their manager, only 10% found their response helpful.
Nearly 800,000 Australian women experiencing domestic violence are in the paid workforce. Remaining in secure employment and having economic independence is one of the most significant predictors of whether women in violent domestic relationships leave those relationships.
The CPSU/CSA is currently in the process of applying for Workplace Accreditation.
White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation is exclusively available to organisations who have supplied and documented evidence against White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Framework. Accreditation lasts for 3 years, evidencing an ongoing, sustainable commitment to the prevention of men’s violence against women.
Inclusion of Domestic Violence Leave clauses in agreements.
The CPSU/CSA will be campaigning for paid domestic violence leave in our next round of bargaining. Our claim will include 10 days paid leave to attend court appearances, medical and legal appointments and make safety and re-location arrangements. It will also allow employees to request a modification to working arrangements to address safety issues.
There is growing momentum for inclusion of Domestic Violence Leave in workplaces agreements with Bill Shorten set to announce that under a Labor government victims of domestic violence will be eligible for an extra five days of leave.
1. Australian Human Rights Commission (2008). Sexual Harassment Guide.
2. VicHealth, 2009, National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation.
3. The Australian Financial Review; Wednesay, 25 November 2015; Page 8.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence