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ON AVERAGE, ONE WOMAN IS KILLED EVERY WEEK IN AUSTRALIA AS A RESULT OF INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE*.


As well as the damage it inflicts on countless lives, violence against women is estimated to cost the Australian economy $14.4 billion per annum*.


At Uniting Communities, we’re committed to making a change to these horrifying statistics.


In 2015, we took up the challenge of becoming a White Ribbon Accredited organisation. This means looking at our approach to the broader issue of violence against women. We’re committed to doing all we can to build our understanding of gendered violence and to prevent it from occurring.


“We are yet to see significant reductions of violence against women,” says Reverend Peter McDonald, Executive Manager, Advocacy and Community Relations, and Minister.


* White Ribbon Australia, 2014 8 | Uniting Communities Annual Report 2016


…people working together to create a cultural shift that leads to a future without men’s violence against women.


OUR COMMITTMENT TO ADDRESSING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN


“Statistics tell us that the rate of violence against women is not decreasing – the numbers are not changing over time, even though the community is more aware of it.”


White Ribbon Australia is the only national, male-led violence prevention organisation. They work to examine the root causes of gender-based violence, challenge behaviours and create a cultural shift that leads us to a future without men’s violence against women.


The White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program provides workplaces with the tools to prevent violence against women and to respond to incidents, whether they occur inside or outside the workplace.


“We have 1650 staff and volunteers at Uniting Communities – that means we are bound to have women who are experiencing violence at the hands of their partner within our organisation,” says Peter.


“We can make a contribution as a safe workplace in a range of ways, such as providing flexible leave for women who need it, raising awareness within Uniting Communities and redefining some of our organisational policies. We can also make sure that all of our staff, volunteers, partners and supporters know we are committed to the prevention of violence against women.”





For many years, Uniting Communities has been a provider of counselling services to women who have experienced violence.


“This accreditation is way of sharpening our focus on prevention – making sure all of our staff and volunteers are aware of what we can do to foster a safer workplace.”


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