Men take a stand against violence
DAVE Pearce has a clear message for men who hit the women in their lives.
“You’re a lesser man if you need to be violent against women,” the Queensland Rugby League North Wide Bay manager said.
Mr Pearce, along with seven other male ambassadors recruited by the Zonta Club of Bundaberg, will wear a white ribbon today to signify support for the campaign to stop domestic violence against women.
The rugby league manager also decided to become a White Ribbon Day ambassador to try and change the public perception that players are disrespectful to women.
He said it was a minority that had tarnished many league players’ good reputations.
Other sporting clubs, including the Combined Country Western Suburbs Cricket Club, are calling on men to stand up and say no to violence against women.
The Zonta club is holding a breakfast this morning at the Bundaberg RSL to mark the annual event.
Fellow ambassador, Bundaberg Police Sergeant Ken Hendrie, said in most cases men who used physical violence against their partners knew what they were doing was wrong, but did not want to change because they might lose their position of power.
The Queensland Police Service’s annual report for the past financial year, showed the Bundaberg district had the second highest number of domestic violence order breaches in the northern region.
“Those who commit other types of abuse, including emotional or financial abuse, believe in many cases that they are doing nothing wrong. This attitude requires a change in the abuser’s behaviour,” Sgt Hendrie said.
The ambassadors and their guests will listen to Dr Brian Sullivan from the University of Queensland, who is a guest speaker at today’s breakfast.
He is an expert on domestic violence, having devoted more than 10 years to the area of domestic violence intervention, counselling and support.
“The extent of domestic violence in our community is at epidemic proportions, and the response we are making as a community is not adequate,” he said.
“We don’t seem to be holding (domestic violence perpetrators) accountable for their violence.”
This year men can also swear an oath to spread the message that domestic violence is wrong at www.myoath.com.au.