Yarredi Services in Port Lincoln promotes White Ribbon message

SUPPORT: Sharyn Potts of Yarredi Services has promoted the importance of the White Ribbon Day message during this time of lockdown and restrictions.
SUPPORT: Sharyn Potts of Yarredi Services has promoted the importance of the White Ribbon Day message during this time of lockdown and restrictions.

Friday, November 20, is White Ribbon Day and men across South Australia are being reminded during this time of restrictions to take a stand against domestic violence.

The White Ribbon Campaign is a global movement which encourages men to come together to create a future free of violence against women.

Port Lincoln's Yarredi Services said with the lockdown, set to end midnight Saturday, and restrictions, it had meant people being at home with the family and it was all the more important for men to stand up to make sure they do their bit to end domestic violence.

She said during periods of harsh restrictions and isolation earlier in the year the organisation saw while it was initially quiet the pressure did build in some households which led to increased requests for services, which had remained constant since then.

"White Ribbon Day is an important day when we talk about preventing domestic violence and encourage men to take responsibility to make sure violence against women and children stops," she said.

Ms Potts said Yarredi Services was working to ensure, even during the lockdown, to make sure current clients had their needs met.

She said women and children who were in immediate danger were encouraged to call police and those who have experienced domestic violence to contact Yarredi Services on 8683 0311 or ring 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Men can ring the Men's Referral Service, provided by No to Violence, by ringing 1300 766 491 for information and counselling to men who are or have acted abusively, families impacted or family and friends of people who have been violent.

The state government has reaffirmed its support to domestic violence services to be ready for women and children in need.

Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Carolyn Power said the state government had allocated record funding towards domestic violence prevention and intervention and fast-tracked new measures during COVID19 thanks to a recent federal government funding boost.

She said measures, including crisis accommodation beds, the domestic violence disclosure scheme, the personal protection app and the 24/7 crisis line would continue and were available for anyone needing support or help.

"In a state-first, we will provide funding to support a new, dedicated 24/7 men's domestic violence hotline and wrap-around support services in a bid to help stem violent behaviour," she said.

"We have funded a targeted Break the Cycle communications campaign and website with the aim of breaking the cycle of abuse and funded individual support packages for people experiencing abuse and violence to help them pay for immediate support including transport, safety upgrades to property, financial counselling and support for children."

Zonta Club of Port Lincoln has also been active in promoting an end to violence against women, getting behind the '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence' which begins on November 25.

Promoted by the United Nations, 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until December 10, Human Rights Day.

The Zonta Club had partnered with Yarredi Services, Domestic and Family Violence Action Group, West Coast Youth and Community Support and Housing SA to host a fundraising dinner on Wednesday, which has since been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

This story Stand against domestic violence during lockdown first appeared on Port Lincoln Times.