After years of our sector working together to prevent violence, this year we’ve seen how the public understanding has started to accept just how prevalent violence against women and children is in our communities. Now is the time for us to create a plan of action, and do more than just talk about men’s violence.
Last year, 86 women lost their lives to violence nationally and as of today on November 25, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 67 women have been killed.
As a sector, we lead the way. We invite you to be part of the Working with Men to Tackle Family Violence conference in February 2017, which is a vital step in the right direction and the first of many positive conversations.
This is a conference that is focused on outcomes, with a report to be produced detailing the current state of the nation in how we engage men and boys, and more significantly, where we need to be to curb the unacceptable rates of violence in our communities.
Together, we will create the future agenda for action through dynamic practice-based discussion that draws on global best practices in engaging men to end family violence. There is a full agenda of inspiring speakers developed with consultation from an expert panel including 2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty, and it would be a shame for you to miss out.
Our work over two decades in talking to more than 150,000 men across Australia demonstrates the need to continue working with men to end family violence. It also highlights the need to engage men who do not use violence to be advocates for change.
Join us to plug into a network of skilled practitioners and people working in both community and justice systems. Join us to steer this important conversation about what we need to do with men to seek an end to family violence.
If your behaviour is causing problems for your relationships or family, or your concerned about someone you know, call the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 for telephone counselling and support. In an emergency, call 000.