Ongoing concern

Published on SGT Dave Morley (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Topic(s): White Ribbon Day

Personnel from HMAS Stirling and attached units show their support for White Ribbon Day at the sports oval on HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)
Personnel from HMAS Stirling and attached units show their support for White Ribbon Day at the sports oval on HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.

While Defence members around the country walked, ran and sausage-sizzled in support of White Ribbon Day, Defence leaders were keen to stress the campaign to end violence against women was continuous.

Defence published the second edition of ‘A Commanders and Managers Guide to Responding to Family and Domestic Violence’ on the DRN on November 23.

In the foreword to the new guide, Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) General Angus Campbell says Defence has a zero tolerance to family and domestic violence and it is not acceptable in any form.

“It is fundamentally against our values and behaviours. It destroys lives and relationships, erodes team cohesion and undermines the values of the ADF and APS,” he says.

General Campbell says a strong stigma is associated with family and domestic violence and many victims fear for themselves, their children and their partner if they were to report the violence.

“For these reasons we know most violence goes unreported,” he says.

“Defence is actively engaged in the national response to addressing and reducing family and domestic violence.

“We are developing and implementing a range of strategies to ensure we can support people in the Defence community who are experiencing violence.

“Navy, Army and Air Force are White Ribbon-accredited workplaces.”

The second edition of the guide provides commanders and managers with basic information on how to support someone who is experiencing violence or who is involved in the disclosure of violence, as well as providing guidance for individuals who hear about allegations of family or domestic violence.

More information on Defence’s response to family and domestic violence is available for Defence members at
http://drnet/People/Family-and-Domestic-Violence/Pages/Family-and-Domestic-Violence.aspx