Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch
Police Officers Swear To End Violence Against Women -White Ribbon Day
NSW Police will ‘swear’ against gender violence, and ‘wear’ a white ribbon today to display their commitment to ending violence against women, in line with this year’s theme ‘All Aussie men should swear’.
Displaying a white ribbon on White Ribbon Day, November 25, shows solidarity to an international cause to end violence against women and draws public awareness particularly to the issue of domestic violence.
This year the Commissioner, his Executive team, and a number of senior officers have joined other high profile male White Ribbon Day Ambassadors in the community, who have taken the pledge to not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.
Current statistics indicate that 40% of all reported assaults are domestic violence related. Sadly, evidence suggests domestic violence is underreported in NSW.
“There is no excuse for violence against women or any form of domestic or family violence.” Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, Spokesperson for Family and Domestic Violence said .
“The wearing of a ribbon is a small gesture by police but sends an important message to the community it serves – that police do not tolerate any form of violence against women, particularly domestic violence that usually remains hidden behind closed doors.”
“Each day Police deal with domestic violence incidents, and see firsthand the impact and harm upon individuals, families and the wider community, including children.
“Police are committed to investigating all forms of domestic violence and bringing offenders to justice.” Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said .
White Ribbon Day is the start of the 16 Days of Activism – an international campaign to stop gender violence, which ends on World Human Rights Day December 10.