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News Article Date: 
Friday, 6 November 2015

Two women are killed each week by current or former partners and here in Warrnambool, domestic violence reporting has increased by 94% over the past five years (Victoria Police) – and that’s just reported incidents.

That’s why from November 9 Liebig Street’s Norfolk Pines will be covered in giant white ribbons – as the Warrnambool community jumps on board the city’s White Ribbon Awareness Campaign to end violence against women.

A total of 25 businesses, organisations, schools and sporting clubs have thrown their support behind the campaign. The wrapped trees by the Warrnambool Art Gallery will remain on show until after November 25 – White Ribbon Day – which is held on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. This day also signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).

A joint community committee comprising representatives from Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, Brophy Family and Youth Services and Warrnambool City Council has teamed up to organise the important fundraising and awareness project. Funds raised will go towards Emma House Domestic Violence Services and to help prevent violence against women.

The project is part of the national White Ribbon campaign; Australia’s only male-led campaign to end violence against women.

Executive Officer of Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West, Emily Lee-Ack, said it was important for all people to realise that they could be part of the solution to ending violence against women.

“Respectful relationships and attitudes towards women are at the core of preventing violence against women,” she said.

“We can all help to shape these community attitudes by speaking out against violence, sexism and discrimination.”

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