Townsville says “No!” to domestic and family violence

Date published: 19 November 2021

Townsville City Council is standing against domestic and family violence this White Ribbon Day.

Today (19 November) marks Council’s first White Ribbon Day since achieving White Ribbon Australia workplace accreditation.

Mayor Jenny Hill said it was important for the Townsville community to say “No!” to domestic and family violence each and every day of the year.

“Every year White Ribbon Day reminds us that many people aren’t safe from violence, even in their own homes,” Cr Hill said.

“Domestic and family violence is more common than most people realise, and it’s incredibly important for all of us to stand up, speak out and condemn all forms of domestic and family violence in Townsville.

“Council is proud to have achieved White Ribbon Australia workplace accreditation, which helps us play our part in responding to and ending all forms of gender-based violence.”

Council Chief Executive Officer Prins Ralston met with Cowboys CEO Jeff Reibel this week, to hand over a large white ribbon which will be displayed during select football games throughout the NRL season.

Dr Ralston said it was important for organisations and businesses across Townsville to show their commitment to ending domestic and family violence.

“Council is proud to be White Ribbon Australia workplace accredited, and we are now sharing our vision for a domestic and family violence-free Townsville with other organisations across the city,” he said.

“Cowboys is an influential organisation which shares Council’s responsibility to lead and advocate to create real change in our community, which is why we are gifting them a large white ribbon to display at their headquarters.

“This will help the White Ribbon message reach more people in our community and is an important step in encouraging individuals to speak up and speak out against domestic and family violence.”

Following White Ribbon Day Council will mark the start of the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence next Thursday. The 16 Days of Activism runs until December 10.

This year Council is facilitating a range of activities including the Walk Against Violence and partnering with groups such as Dads Of Townsville, Park Run and Townsville Road Runners in an effort to raise awareness and educate the community about how to prevent domestic and family violence.

Visit our Domestic and Family Violence Awareness web page for more information about White Ribbon Day or the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

White Ribbon Truck
Caption: Mayor Jenny Hill, Seren McKenzie, Edward Hold, Stacey Coburn and Prins Ralston.