Parklea inmates have made and donated 42,000 white ribbons in an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence.
As part of White Ribbon month, the inmates provided double the ribbons made in a last year’s awareness drive and 35,000 more than in 2015. The ribbons will be distributed throughout the Blacktown area for the whole of November.
Parklea Correctional Centre offenders service manager Allison Lang and the inmates presented their efforts to NSW women’s health coordinator Kate Lamb on Friday, November 3.
“The white ribbons will be distributed through the Blacktown area to promote the campaign against domestic violence and White Ribbon Day on November 25,” Ms Lang said.
This year White Ribbon month is working to build a future free from violence and abuse by working in schools, workplaces and communities. Some inmates will take the White Ribbon Day oath on Saturday, November 25 which is a declaration that they will stand up, speak up and act to prevent men’s violence against women.
Domestic violence statistics are alarming, with one in three women having experienced physical or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them, one in five women have been stalked during their lifetime and one in five women have experienced harassment within the workplace.
- Take the declaration: whiteribbon.org.au.