Melbourne community event to mark “Respectful relationships” on White Ribbon Day

25 November 2013
National social justice law firm Maurice Blackburn is proud to support White Ribbon Day and will be co-hosting a dinner with the Islamic Council of Victoria on Monday 25 November, 2013 to promote "Respectful Relationships" in the community.

The event aims to promote and raise awareness of respectful relationships between the sexes, in families, at workplaces and the broader community. 

Supporters have participated in a video which will be launched on the night, and will be getting together under the banner of 'we say yes to respectful relationships'. Supporters include:

InTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence
Victorian Multicultural Commission
Australian Multicultural Foundation
Victoria Police
Youth Victoria  
CARE With ME
RISE Refugee
Australian Football League
Islamic Museum of Australia  
Blueprint Studios
City of Melbourne
Celebrate Africa
African Think Tank
Women's Amanah Fund

Steve Walsh, Maurice Blackburn chairman said:

"We  aim to bring together community members to encourage and celebrate positive behaviour. As a starting point, it is imperative that we all lead by example, and create change from within our immediate circles of influence.

"If we're serious about treating each other with respect, we need to ensure we don't turn a blind eye or act passively about an issue that harms us collectively."

"A lack of respect in relationships affects all parts of the community, no matter what your cultural background or position you have. We think it's important to have a unified response and a zero tolerance approach to violence.  

"Our staff come from different sectors of the community and our clients come from many backgrounds so this touches many people we are associated with. We act for injured people at work and in other places and believe there would be less discrimination, accidents and stress in the workplace if there was genuine support for more respectful relationships," said Mr Walsh.

White ribbons and wristbands are available at a number of stores around Australia, as well as online. To find out which stores, visit www.whiteribbon.org.au. For more information about White Ribbon Day visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.