On average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence.
And not only is domestic violence the principal cause of homelessness for women and children, but 1 in 3 women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence by someone known to them.
To put that in perspective, that’s 20 out of every 60 of your Facebook friends.
The White Ribbon Organisation is a male-led movement created to end men’s violence against women and it began in 2003. It aims to bring awareness to the positive role men can play in ending this senseless violence. It’s about saying ‘ hey mate, that’s not ok’.
White Ribbon Day, which is today (November 25), plays host to a number of events, but last Friday saw the Cherry Bar host the Man-Up Festival in support of this incredibly important cause. The line up of bands which included Redro Redriquez, The Surefire Midnights, Don Fernando and, my favourites – the RedCoats, turned up to rock our worlds in support of those who tragically have a rocky path in life. It was great that music, which plays such an important part of a lot of our lives, could be used to support such an important cause – kudos to Cherry Bar for getting behind it.
This violence, which may not only be physical, but emotional – which in ways can be even more devastating – has a terrible impact on not only the poor victims, but their children and those who love them most. It’s a undescribeable feeling, and one of total helplessness, to watch this happen to someone you love. So, please, if there’s a White Ribbon event on in your hometown this week, go and support it.