FROM THE ED­I­TOR

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To­day is White Rib­bon Day. The White Rib­bon cam­paign, run through­out Novem­ber, ed­u­cates men about non-vi­o­lent at­ti­tudes to­wards women. The cam­paign aims to end fam­ily violence, the se­ri­ous­ness of which is in­di­cated by the 100,000 in­ci­dents po­lice at­tended in 2014. We have the high­est re­ported rate of in­ti­mate part­ner violence in the de­vel­oped world and one in three Kiwi women have re­ported be­ing phys­i­cally or sex­u­ally abused by a part­ner in their life­time, while on av­er­age 14 women are killed ev­ery year. This year your sup­port is needed to help demon­strate that thou­sands of New Zealan­ders find this violence un­ac­cept­able. While most men are not vi­o­lent, most men don’t feel they are in the ma­jor­ity, and this af­fects the way in which men be­have. This si­lence de­ters men from stand­ing up for non-violence and acts as an en­abling fac­tor for those who do use violence. White Rib­bon be­lieves that we can be­gin to change this at­ti­tude and po­ten­tially pre­vent violence from oc­cur­ring.

Teresa

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