Across Australia today various activities have been organised to raise awareness of violence against women under the White Ribbon banner and many organisations have ‘taken the pledge’ to speak out on violence against women, for example, NSW Police.
The ABC has a two-part investigative report called “Hitting home” by Sarah Ferguson which examines how an abusive relationship escalates to violence, even to murder. A special edition of Q&A will also focus on the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
White Ribbon acknowledge that raising the profile of domestic violence can cause distress - they advise that men and women can call 1800 RESPECT for information, guidance and advice.
In an emergency, call the Police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the Police.
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There is also a listing of specialist legal assistance services such as Womens Legal Services NSW, who provide specialist legal services relating to domestic violence, sexual assault, family law, discrimination, victims support, child protection, human rights and access to justice.