Taking a stance against domestic violence
Samaritans is taking active and effective steps forward to end violence against women by becoming an accredited White Ribbon Workplace.
Senior male staff have embraced Samaritans stance against domestic violence by becoming White Ribbon Ambassadors.
Samaritans Director of Community Services and White Ribbon Ambassador, Rob Dawson, is horrified by statistics that show one woman a week dies in Australia as a result of domestic violence.
As husband and father to strong, empowered women he is passionate about the role of men in taking a proactive stance to end the domestic violence epidemic. For Rob silence is unacceptable.
When asked about his role as a White Ribbon Ambassador Rob says he believes:
“It is contingent upon male staff to be aware and proactive in the workplace”.
White Ribbon Ambassadors are men who become formal representatives of White Ribbon and who have the knowledge, skills, attributes and determination to influence Australian men to critically evaluate their attitudes toward women.
On November 25, Samaritans will celebrate White Ribbon Day with male staff taking the White Ribbon Oath in front of their peers; speaking about why they are passionate about preventing violence against women and updating staff about the organisation’s progress towards White Ribbon accreditation.