Men urged to join campaign against violence

Just some of the people who have been murdered since the start of 2015.
Just some of the people who have been murdered since the start of 2015.

MEN across our region will don a white ribbon on Wednesday to show they want to eradicate violence against women.

The annual White Ribbon Day will see events across the nation to highlight domestic violence, which anti-violence advocates say has killed 68 women in 2015.

Australian police handle more than 600 domestic violence calls a day and the nation's emergency accommodation and support services are reporting overwhelming demand for their services.

White Ribbon Day coincides with International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that kick-starts the UN Women's 16 days of activism campaign.

The campaign ends on December 10 and is billed as a time to take actions that will lead to the ending of violence against women and girls around the world.

Details on White Ribbon Day can be found at http://www.whiteribbon.org.au while the UN activism campaign details are available at the UN Women's website.

*For support, phone Qld's DVConnect on 1800 811 811, Men's Line on 1800 600 636, NSW DV Line on 1800 656 463 or 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

 Legal eagles raise funds for domestic violence service

THE air of authority on floor three of Brisbane's Supreme Court was a little more relaxed on Monday as judges and other legal professionals gathered for this year's White Ribbon breakfast.

The two-hour early morning raised vital funds for Queensland's Women's Legal Service.

The organisation's need for cash is growing as it reports a 40% increase in calls for help from women facing a domestic violence crisis since the start of 2015.

The breakfast featured addresses by new Queensland Chief Justice Catherine Holmes, Griffith University's Mentors in Violence Prevention Program director Dr Shannon Spriggs Murdoch and Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith.

WLS coordinator Rosslyn Monro said the event shone the spotlight on the "devastating effects of domestic violence".

"Due to resource constraints we can only help one in 10 women who need our help," Ms Monro said.

"The Supreme Court breakfast is a key way that we raise funds to help more women."

- APN NEWSDESK



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