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The Department of Premier and Cabinet announced in November 2016 that they have successfully gained accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace. This was attained after undertaking a rigorous 18-month process to demonstrate DPAC’s commitment to cultural change in preventing and responding to violence against women in the workplace.
White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led Campaign to end men’s violence against women. The Campaign aims to raise awareness and change attitudes and behaviours by engaging men and boys to lead social change.
White Ribbon’s Vision is for all women to live in safety, free from all forms of men’s violence. Their mission is to make women’s safety a man’s issue too.
Globally, White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women and is active in more than 60 countries.
White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Program is a world first that provides organisations with tools to be able to respond to incidents of violence, whether they occur in or beyond the workplace, and to prevent this violence from occurring in the first place.
In August 2015, the Tasmanian Government released the whole-of-government Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015 - 2010. Action five of the plan is to roll out the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program across all Tasmanian Government agencies.
In July 2015, DPAC, alongside the Department of Treasury and Finance and the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management, began the process to become an accredited White Ribbon workplace. In November 2016, DPAC was formally accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace and was recognised as taking steps to create a safe and respectful workplace.
Key benefits of being a workplace that takes active steps to prevent and respond to violence against women include:
DPAC has recently developed a family violence training course that is now mandatory for all employees, existing and new. The training provides employees with an understanding of family violence and how it can impact work, and outlines the support and entitlements available to employees who experience family violence.
On Thursday 28 July 2016, the Premier and Commissioner of Police co-hosted White Ribbon Night in partnership with New Town High School to get the word out about family violence. DPAC was the lead Tasmanian Government agency involved in organising this important event. The night was a success, with over 130 representatives from Tasmanian Government agencies, family violence support services and Tasmanian schools all attending in support of White Ribbon.
On Mother’s Day 2016, more than 40 DPAC staff ran or walked in the Mother’s Day Classic in support of White Ribbon and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. DPAC won the award for largest corporate team. More than 2500 participants saw the DPAC team carrying the message that family violence is not okay. This is just one step in the ongoing work DPAC is doing to publicly advocate for violence prevention.
If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937 or visit the 1800RESPECT website. In an emergency, call 000.
You can also call the Men's Referral Service on 1300 766 491 for anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to help men stop using violence and controlling behaviour. This service operates in Tasmania 24 hours, 7 days a week.