Results In On White Ribbon Survey
28 July 2017
Ahead of White Ribbon Night on 28 July, the team behind Inverell’s White Ribbon Community project has released results of the recent community-wide survey, which examined what Inverell residents know and think about domestic and family violence.
Close to two hundred locals participated in the three month survey, which aimed to establish a baseline data on what residents currently understand and know about violence against women.
Inverell Shire Council mayor Paul Harmon says results of the survey were pleasing and confirmed residents know that physical abuse and emotional abuse are forms of violence.
“However, people were less sure that bullying and stalking are forms of violence against women too, so that’s an area we’ll now need to focus on – improving people’s awareness and understanding of non-physical forms of violence against women”.
Cr Harmon says the results of the survey will help the White Ribbon Community project team target specific activities and raise further awareness over the next 12 months. To measure the impact of the project, a second survey will be conducted in March next year.
Liam Dooley, Executive Manager for Community Development with White Ribbon Australia agrees the survey results provide an insight on what types of activities the project team needs to concentrate on.
“For example, there was a low level of awareness about the fact that women are more likely to experience violence from someone they know, than from a stranger. It’s important that women understand where the greatest risk comes from”, Mr Dooley said.
Susan Heyman, Executive Director, Rural and Regional Health Services with Hunter New England Health and Chair of the New England Violence Prevention Initiative, is also pleased with the survey results.
“The results of the survey tell us that 1 in 5 residents are unsure of where they should go to get help to seek advice or support for someone they know is dealing with violence. That’s something tangible that we can help fix.”
“It’s important that everyone knows that support is available for victims and perpetrators alike, what support looks like and how to access it”.
“We’ll now work on better ways to get this information out into the community”.
Updates on the White Ribbon Community project are available on our website or the project’s Facebook page: Inverell's White Ribbon Community. Alternatively residents can contact Council on (02) 67288288. To learn more about White Ribbon, visit: www.whiteribbon.org.au.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au for information and support.
For further information contact:
Hunter New England Health – Strategic Relations and Communication (02) 4985 5522
Inverell Shire Council – Stephen Golding (02) 6728 8288