Men urged to join crusade to end violence against women

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End violence against women: MP Chris Hayes signs the White Ribbon pledge.

“It’s a sad fact that one in three women in Australia will experience violence in their lifetime,’’ says Chris Hayes, the federal member for Fowler.

“One in five women will experience sexual violence, and each week at least one woman will die from violence at home,’’ he adds.

Mr Hayes is a strong supporter of the annual White Ribbon Day, which will be held on Wednesday, November 25. He is also a White Ribbon day ambassador.

November 25 was declared by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“It is not enough to stand up on this one day a year and declare your disapproval of violence,’’ says Mr Hayes.

“It is important that as a community we take responsibility and look out for our family, friends and neighbours,’’ he said.

Statistics show that domestic and family violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness.

“If you suspect someone is a victim of violence, don’t sweep it under the carpet or turn the other way, speak up,” urged Mr Hayes.

[social_quote duplicate=”no” align=”default”]“As a White Ribbon Ambassador, I would urge all men to take the oath never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women.[/social_quote]

“Take the oath on White Ribbon Day, but live by the pledge each and every day.

“We must break the cycle of violence,” Chris Hayes said.

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