THE Wimmera White Ribbon Committee has encouraged people to have a night in to stop violence against women.
Committee chairman Justin Amor said White Ribbon Night on July 25 would be a chance for people to have a fun night while raising money and awareness for the White Ribbon campaign.
“We thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to get the message out there that this is a time in the year people can get together with friends and family and raise more awareness of the issue,” he said.
Mr Amor said the night could be anything from a games night to enjoying the football or a dinner party.
“Some men might be able to get together and watch the football and then at quarter-time or half-time actually raise the issue of violence against women,” he said.
“Talk about what you notice or what you see in the media.
“Remember, how you would feel if it was your mum, sister or auntie who was affected?”
Mr Amor said the White Ribbon campaign was about men committing to stop family violence.
“It’s a male-led campaign to stand up and swear an oath that you will not commit violence against women,” he said.
“Family violence is not only physical.
“It includes power and control tactics, sexual violence, emotional abuse, physical torment or control and social isolation.
“Quite often it’s psychological.”
Mr Amor said the Wimmera committee was continuing to grow.
“I think the groundswell is starting to build, which is fantastic,” he said.
“We’re getting more on the committee and the march in November is growing year-to-year.”
Both Wimmera Football League and Horsham District Football Netball League will have a White Ribbon round on August 9.
Mr Amor said people could register their night and donate at www.whiteribbon.org.au.