FROM THE EDITOR
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.