Wednesday, November 25, 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The 25th of November is the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - known as "White Ribbon Day" in Australia. This day has been set aside to draw attention to the fact that one in three women world wide have experienced physical or sexual violence perpetuated by men (often men they know), and to agitate for a better future.

And yes, it is unfortunately too true that men are also frequently the victims of domestic violence (often also perpetuated by men).  Domestic violence is never okay - regardless of who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.  It shouldn't be part of our culture, and it shouldn't be ignored.

If you would like to talk to someone on campus, the Counselling service is a good place to start (https://www.jcu.edu.au/counselling).  The offices are located in the library buildings in both Townsville and Cairns.

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