The Salvation Army supports White Ribbon Day
One in three female Australians is likely to experience – or has already experienced – physical or sexual violence at some stage in their lives.
Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia today:
- An average of one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner
- Domestic Violence is the leading cause of death and injury in women under 45
- More than one million children are affected by domestic violence annually
- The cost of violence against women to the Australian economy is estimated to rise to $15.6 billion per annum
White Ribbon Day on 25 November is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women.
Violence is also the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
Salvation Army research confirms this – with more than 50% of women in our homelessness services identifying violence as their primary reason for seeking assistance.
The Salvation Army’s Dr Bruce Redman says, “This is an issue we cannot ignore. Prominent cases this year have highlighted that action needs to be taken to stop the prevalence of domestic violence.”
In Victoria, The Salvation Army is supporting the annual walk Against Family Violence at Federation Square. Joining the Salvos will be Victoria Police Commissioner Ken Lay, CEO of Domestic Violence Victoria Fiona McCormack and Victorian of the Year Rosie Batty.
To find out more about White Ribbon Day visit whiteribbon.org.au
For information about The Salvation Army’s family and domestic violence services visit salvationarmy.org.au/violence
The Salvation Army’s response to family and domestic violence in Australia:
- During 2014 we provided 27,000 episodes of care to people experiencing family and domestic violence
- We have nine family and domestic violence services throughout Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory
- $6.3 million has been budgeted to spend on family and domestic violence in 2014/15
- We spent almost $20 million in 2012/13 on women’s homelessness services