Australia: Corrs takes a stand against family violence
Last Updated: 28 November 2015

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has taken a bold stand against family violence and in support of those it affects by launching a Family Violence Policy.

Corrs furthered its commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of its people with the launch of the new policy today, 25 November, which is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women and also White Ribbon Day.

Corrs partner and Diversity Council Chair, Annette Hughes, is passionate about preventing and eliminating violence within the family.

"It is well known that family violence impacts individuals in every aspect of their lives, including in the workplace," she said.

"The introduction of Corrs' Family Violence Policy is in line with our commitment to support the health and wellbeing of our people.  The Policy encourages those who experience family violence to seek help and support, and includes information about available assistance as well as access to leave options."

The White Ribbon Campaign is about raising the profile of the high incidence rate of violence against women and focusing efforts to prevent and eliminate such violence.  White Ribbons were made available for purchase in all Corrs offices today, with the proceeds going to White Ribbon Australia to support the organisation's work aimed at ending violence against women.

Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia.   The White Ribbon Day website states that:

  • on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence;
  • domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children;
  • intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44;
  • one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them; and
  • one in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse (even when the violence is not directly against them).

Taking action to change the story of domestic violence - See more here.

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