AS the largest employer in the region, South West Healthcare (SWH) has sent a clear message to the wider community that violence against women will not be tolerated.
Male staff at the Camperdown hospital backed the stance and made individual pledges on Friday to “never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women” as part of the White Ribbon campaign.
SWH services development director Jamie Brennan said the organisation was keen to send a clear message that domestic violence would not be tolerated.
“It’s our goal to raise awareness about the issue and let staff, patients and the community know that we believe violence against women is completely unacceptable and abhorrent,” he said.
“Our commitment to the White Ribbon campaign also sends a clear message that we provide a space where women can feel safe and able to ask for help in advice if they are experiencing issues of violence.”
According to White Ribbon statistics, one in three women were either physically or sexually attacked by someone known to them.
The statistics also show that on average one woman dies each week due to violence perpetrated by a partner or ex-partner.
Mr Brennan said South West Healthcare employed more than 1400 staff and was aware of a number of instances where severe acts of domestic violence had been committed against members of its staff.
“As an organisation we can play a huge role in influencing community conversations about the issue,” he said.
“It’s our hope the community takes on board the White Ribbon message and that other men are encouraged to be role models and start a conversation that violence against women is unacceptable.”