Speak out against domestic violence and seek family law advice on White Ribbon Day

Date: Jan 13, 2015

November 25 is White Ribbon Day, an opportunity for Australia to spare a thought for domestic violence and seek family law advice if necessary.

White Ribbon Australia has launched the campaign 'Australia, Land of Secrets' that intends to give a voice to people across the country who experience domestic violence.

The organisation has discovered at least one woman is killed every week as a result of domestic violence, so it's definitely time for Australia to take a stand.

There are many different forms of domestic violence. It can range from physical and emotional abuse to harassment, financial violence and other types of unwanted behaviour.

Chairman of White Ribbon Australia Lt. Gen Ken Gillespie said "the high incidence of male violence against women in this country is very alarming".

He revealed that around one in three women over the age of 15 will experience domestic violence at some point, and such acts cost the country $14.7 billion per year.

In addition to this, domestic violence is one of the main factors contributing the Australia's high level of homeless women and children.

"It is important to understand how every act of male violence against women can have serious effects on women, families and society as a whole," said Mr Gillespie.

He explained that it can happen anywhere, at any time, and has "a profound cost across the personal, social and economic sphere".

The 'Australia, Land of Secrets' campaign is encouraging both men and women to speak up about domestic violence and thereby end it once and for all.

This campaign is just the tip of the iceberg, however. There are a number of other activities and events happening in every state and territory to promote White Ribbon Australia's message.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, Craddock Murray Neumann can help.

Our team of family lawyers will support you through this difficult time, and treat you with both empathy and respect.