It is disappointing to hear that the organisation White Ribbon Australia closed its doors, however, the White Ribbon Campaign to end men’s violence against women continues.

What does the White Ribbon Symbolise?
The White Ribbon itself is an awareness symbol of anti-violence against women.

What is the White Ribbon Campaign?
The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and was formed by a group of pro-feminist men in London, Ontario in 1991 as a response to the École Polytechnique massacre of female students in 1989. The campaign was intended to raise awareness about male violence against women, with the ribbon symbolising “the idea of men giving up their arms”. White Ribbon is active in over 60 countries.

Illawarra Committee Against Domestic Violence
On a local level, the Illawarra Committee Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) focus is to support agencies, organisations, schools, education providers, and the community. The committee is an interagency of Government and Non-Government agencies/services across the Illawarra that works directly with people experiencing domestic and family violence (DFV).

Please visit the Illawarra Committee Against Domestic Violence website for more information https://www.icadv.org.au/

ICADV receives no Government funding and depends solely on community donations and possible grants to be able to achieve their vision and goals.

As an example, the Illawarra DV support booklet and other resources provide valuable information for the community and services that do the vital and tireless work to keep women, men and children safe. ICADV recourses are available in our local refuges, Physiologists, Councillors, NSW Police Domestic Liaison Officers, Family Support Services, Women’s Support Services, Housing agencies and across the Illawarra.  These booklets are handed to people who are experiencing DFV as a guide on understanding DFV, what to do and who to contact.

Donation money is also used to educate our front line services on the best methods of responding to DFV, this is done through educational forums and workshops.

Through the local campaign ICADV has also been able to engage with and involve local schools and organisations in the local community to take a stand and act against men’s violence. As such, our yearly events such as the walk and ride this year will continue as planned and continue to resource local services.

We thank you for your continued support that makes a big difference in our community.