Notice of Motions
19 August, 2014

The Minister for Women to move—That the House:—

(1) Notes that:—

(a) tackling violence against women is a priority for the whole Tasmanian Community;

(b) Friday 25 July 2014, marked White Ribbon night, an Australian-wide event to raise funds for prevention programs aimed at changing attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence against women;

(c) family violence and sexual assault sadly are not private issues. They affect children, extended families, friends, work colleagues, and in turn the broader community in terms of long-term reduced health and social outcomes, community participation and productivity;

(d) statistics around Australia show that one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence; one in four emotional abuse by a current or former partner; one in five sexual violence; one in six physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner and nearly one woman is killed by their current or former partner every week; and

(e) through primary prevention initiatives and an annual campaign, White Ribbon seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate men’s violence against women by engaging boys and men to lead social change.

(2) Encourage all Tasmanians and Members of this House to support White Ribbon Australia and help to get the message out that violence against women in any form, is unacceptable and we must do what we can to stop it.