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Update from the White Ribbon Trust: 12th December 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, violence, women, families

Our thoughts go out to the Millane family whose grief will be unimaginable.

So many New Zealanders have been horrified as this story has unfolded. This is a time to stand together, share that pain and show our compassion for Grace and her family.

Join us to take time out for Grace. To honour her contribution to the world and and say time’s up on the violence, intimidation and the senseless waste of lives all around the world.

This story has touched all of us but the wider story often goes untold. As a country we need to wake up and recognise that as many as 14 women are killed in domestic violence each year. Many more pass through our hospitals with serious injuries. Police investigate over 118,000 family violence incidents every year. That amounts to 41 percent of a front line officer's time.

Take The PledgeWhite Ribbon believes attitudes have to change, and over the last few days Mark Longley, Richie Hardcore and I have all spoken to a wide range of media saying the same thing - that:

  • something good must come out of this tragedy;
  • men's attitudes towards women need to change; and
  • we all need to play a role in ending family violence.

Take the White Ribbon Pledge to ‘stand up, speak out and act against men’s violence towards women’. Choose from one of eight actions that help to reduce men’s violence towards women when you take the pledge.

That's our challenge to you. If you haven't taken The Pledge, do it now and encourage others to do the same. Let's get people active now because there should not need to be another death to make us care.

Rob McCann
White Ribbon Manager

Take the Pledge

Take the Pledge - not because you're violent - but because you're willing to play an active role in violence prevention. Find out about the eight actions to help prevent violence.

Mark Longley on The Project

No one knows exactly what Grace Millane's family is going through, but Mark Longley probably has a better idea than most.

His 17-year-old daughter Emily was strangled to death by her boyfriend Elliot Turner in 2011. She was living in the UK at the time of her death, on the other side of the world from her parents and sister in New Zealand.

Stand Up NZ


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This newsletter is produced by White Ribbon New Zealand.

White Ribbon celebrates the many men willing to show leadership and commitment to promoting safe, healthy relationships within families and encourages men to challenge each other on attitudes and behaviour that are abusive.

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