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05 December 2014

Speak up against violence this White Ribbon Day

This White Ribbon Day (25 November), Latrobe Valley residents are reminded not to remain silent about violence against women.

Latrobe’s White Ribbon Day ambassadors David Elder and Alan Wilson will again join thousands of other men across Australia in speaking out about ending men’s violence against women and urged the community to do the same.

In Latrobe, White Ribbon Day 2015 will be marked with a special one-off performance of ‘The Boys’ by Off the Leash Theatre at the Latrobe Performing Arts Centre in Traralgon on 25 November from 6pm.

“It’s a confronting story about violence being accepted and tolerated within the community, and the tragic consequences that can arise,” said Mr Wilson, who is Chief Executive Officer at Quantum Support Services.

Standing united: White Ribbon Day ambassadors David Elder and Alan Wilson want more families to talk about respectful relationships and gender equality to end violence against women
Standing united: White Ribbon Day ambassadors David Elder and Alan Wilson want more families to talk about respectful relationships and gender equality to end violence against women

“As CEO of one of the largest family violence support services in Gippsland, I know how prevalent this issue is and how important it is to change the conversation to talk about it.”

Mr Wilson said the need and opportunity to engage with the issue of family violence beyond the workplace was the catalyst for his involvement with White Ribbon Day.

Mr Elder, Manager Arts Events Tourism and International Relations at Latrobe City Council, was similarly affected by the statistics for violence and inspired to act.

“Statistics tell us one in three women in Australia have experienced violence since the age of 15 years,” he said.

“Based on these figures, chances are that one of the women in my life will suffer some form of violence at the hands of a man; to me, this is completely unacceptable.

“If you think this issue does not affect you, you are mistaken. It is about all of us, including our families, our friends, our colleagues and our neighbours.”

Though both men have been White Ribbon ambassadors for a number of years, they still feel there is still a lack of informed community conversations on what can be done about violence against women.

“Violence is everyone’s business and not just a family matter,” said Mr Wilson.

“You may think ‘that’s not my business’, but it is – violence is often hidden, and we need to inspire a generation of boys and even girls not to join in victim-blaming and to have respectful relationships.”

Due to adult themes in ‘The Boys’, parental discretion is advised. The performance is free, but places are limited. Visit Latrobe Performing Arts Centre, Grey Street Traralgon OR call the box office on 5176 3333.