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No silence on domestic violence

The City of Sydney has again been officially recognised by White Ribbon Australia for its ongoing efforts to prevent domestic violence and create a safe and respectful workplace.

The City has joined the sixth largest group of White Ribbon workplace graduates, receiving another three years of accreditation.

“It is simply unacceptable that at least one woman is killed every week in Australia at the hands of a current or former partner,” City of Sydney CEO Monica Barone said.

“The City has zero tolerance for all forms of violence against women and children, so we are taking an active role in making our community a safer place for all people.

“The City of Sydney was one of the first employers in Australia to take a stand against violence against women by signing up to the White Ribbon workplace accreditation program.”

City of Sydney White Ribbon Ambassador and Director Legal and Governance, Anthony Lenehan, said the reaccreditation acknowledges the City’s long-term commitment and ongoing efforts to prevent violence against women.

“Research shows that 94 per cent of Australian employees want their employers to take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women,” Mr Lenehan said.

“The City has developed clear policies and procedures to create a safe and respectful workplace, raise awareness of family and domestic violence and provide support to victims.

“The City conducts training for staff to raise awareness of family and domestic violence, outline the measures to prevent it and offer advice on how victims can be supported. Each year, staff also take an oath to never commit, never condone and never stay silent about violence against women. We also have an annual, fundraising staff biathlon to support White Ribbon.”

Research shows that one in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them, and one in five women experience harassment in the workplace.

One in three people who identify as LGBTIQ experience violence from a partner, ex-partner or family member, but they are less likely to seek support services that meet their specific needs.

White Ribbon Australia Workplace Program Executive Manager, Ronan Smyth, congratulated the City of Sydney on its efforts to prevent violence and harassment.

“The City of Sydney has demonstrated effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace, supporting employees to be respectful across all spheres,” Mr Smyth said.

“Evidence of the City’s efforts was independently reviewed by external assessors who are experienced specialists across organisational development, gender equality, health and accreditation.

“The internationally recognised White Ribbon Australia workplace accreditation program has reached over 600,000 Australian adults via their workplaces.”

White Ribbon Australia seeks a society in which all women can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. The campaign highlights the positive role men can play in standing up, speaking out and acting to stop men’s violence against women.

For more information about the White Ribbon Workplace accreditation program visit whiteribbon.org.au/workplaces

If you are experiencing domestic or family violence you can seek help from 1800RESPECT Helpline 24/7. Phone 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au

LGBTIQ people can also seek specific advice and support from ACON. Phone 02 9206 2000 or visit acon.org.au

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