Cardinia Shire Council, Outlook Victoria and Aligned Leisure host virtual White Ribbon Relaunch

On 13th August 2020 Cardinia Shire Council, Outlook Victoria and Aligned Leisure all of whom have undertaken the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation and are committed to assist in reducing and preventing family violence in the Cardinia Shire community, hosted a virtual White Ribbon relaunch in support of White Ribbon Australia.

This event is usually held at Outlook Community Centre, but unfortunately due to current restrictions surrounding Coronavirus the organisations were able to adapt taking the event online with over 75 attendees on the day. Both Jasbir Singh Suropada and Steven Sparrow won the annual Tony Fitzgerald and Gary McQuillian awards in recognition of their remarkable commitment to ending domestic violence. 

A range of different guest speakers were invited to participate in the event including Brad Chilcott, Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia, Mayor Jeff Springfield of Cardinia Council, Sam Sondhi, Chief Executive Officer of Outlook Victoria, Robyn Roberts, general Manager Client Services WAYSS to help raise awareness and communicate the importance of the White Ribbon message to stand up, speak out and prevent men’s violence against women. If you were unable to attend the event on the day but would like to hear what the guest speakers had to say a series of videos will be released in the coming weeks via our social media and website.

“Aligned Leisure are proud to be part of these community events as it displays our commitment to upholding these standards and criteria set by White Ribbon Australia” said Cardinia Leisure Manager, Paige Kristalyn. “Having learnt the alarming statistic that shows one in four women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace and one in two working people have been exposed to workplace harassment, as a victim or bystander was a major driver in becoming an accredited workplace and has allowed us as an organisation to adjust existing or implement new policies and procedures. Additionally, our staff’s knowledge on family violence has increased, with specific training provided to assist in supporting those around us who may be impacted, whether that is inside or outside of the workplace creating a safer and more harmonious community” said Ms. Kristalyn.

If you are or you know someone who might be experiencing domestic violence or would like someone to talk too please contact the below supporting services.

Police – 000

WAYSS Housing and Support Services – 9791 6111

SECASA (South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence) – 9928 8741

1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732

Safe Steps – 1800 015 188

If English is not your first language, call Triple Zero (000) and notify them of your preferred language. They will be able to connect you directly to an interpreter that will be able to assist you. If you have a hearing impairment or have difficulty speaking, please click HERE the National Relay Service will be able to assist you with an emergency call.