Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Students Say No to DV; GHS Pledge against Violence

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Students Say No to DV; GHS Pledge against Violence

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Byline: Caitlan Charles caitlan.charles@dailyexaminer.com.au

DOMESTIC violence was the main focus for Year 10 and 11 students at Grafton High School yesterday when they heard about the importance of White Ribbon Day.

Organiser Tracey Poynter, a social worker with DHS Centrelink, said White Ribbon Australia acknowledged the violence that can be perpetrated and experienced by both men and women.

"White Ribbon focuses on one specific type of violence -- that of men's violence against women," she said.

"Almost all Australians recognise violence against women is a crime. The prevalence of this, however, remains unacceptably high."

Ms Poynter said in Australia, one in three women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 and almost one in five have experience sexual violence perpetrated by someone they know.

"So what can you do?" Ms Poynter asked the students.

"Only some men use violence, most men share the belief that violence against women is never acceptable. …

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