We all love a gentle man
MALES of the Clarence Valley will get a big chance to man up against violence towards women on White Ribbon Day, Monday, November 25.
White Ribbon is the world's largest male-led movement to stop male violence against women.
Every week at least one woman in Australia dies violently at the hands of a male and KPMG has put the cost of domestic violence to the economy at $14.7 billion annually.
Community leaders are calling for real men to front up outside the Clarence Valley Council building in Prince Street at 11.30am and swear an oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.
"We'll have strong support from community leaders, including Mayor Richie Williamson, Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, Member for Page Kevin Hogan and many local identities, business operators and sporting leaders," said Sen Const Steven Pope, domestic violence liaison officer for the Clarence Coffs Command.
"Basically we're telling males in the community to man up - don't just turn a blind eye to incidents of violence against women.
"We all know it happens and for too long we've been silent as a community. Now is the time to decide to speak out.
"Male violence against women is one of the biggest problems we face as police.
"It takes up a lot of our resources, we take it extremely seriously and we realise the importance of not letting it get out of control. We witness the results daily and see the sad repercussions all too often.
"Males need to get on board and realise that there are never excuses or reasons for domestic violence, or for turning a blind eye to it.
"As they say, you're either part of the problem or part of the solution."
Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said: "I'm proud to support White Ribbon Day because the message is one I truly believe in - There is no excuse for violence against women.
"Each and every man has the responsibility to report domestic violence and to oppose it in all its forms.
"Antisocial behaviour towards women and violence in general are social problems we all have responsibility to report."
Check out Saturday's Daily Examiner for the campaign launch and a series of articles on domestic violence.