Medical Colleges and peak health bodies in Australia and New Zealand are uniting today – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women – to support the White Ribbon campaign to end men’s violence against women. Violence against women is a widespread issue in Australia and New Zealand. Although often unspoken, reported rates are high in both countries, with up to a third of women experiencing physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes.
As health and medical professionals, the members of our organisations see all too often the devastating effects of violence against women. On White Ribbon Day our members will be wearing white ribbons in their workplaces to demonstrate their support for the campaign to colleagues, patients and clients, and to indicate their willingness and availability to discuss this sensitive and difficult issue, should they be experiencing violence in their lives.
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