Northern Midlands approves White Ribbon anti-violence campaign

Northern Midlands mayor David Downie.

Northern Midlands mayor David Downie.

The Northern Midlands Council has thrown its support behind combating male violence against women at its Monday night meeting.

‘Ending Men’s Violence Against Women’ is a three-pronged campaign created in collaboration with White Ribbon Australia.

Mayor David Downie said there was no place for violence against women in any community.

“This behavior should always be condemned,” he said.

“It really means a lot for us to be able to work with an organisation like White Ribbon who have done so much to support those affected by this issue.”

As part of the campaign, Councillors and staff will be encouraged to take an oath to “stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.”

The council will also implement the White Ribbon Accreditation Program that recognises workplaces which are taking positive steps to stop violence against women.

The third part of the campaign involves attaching stickers to the council street sweeper which feature the White Ribbon logo, along with an anti-violence message.

Mr Downie said the council wanted to assist victims any way they could.

“It’s all about giving people the strength to get help they need,” he said.

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