More than 100 people made a human ribbon outside St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane on White Ribbon Day last Friday, followed by a public pledge from all the men in the group to support women in vulnerable and dangerous situations. The Catholic Leader reports.
Family mediator Jesse Jones has promised all women living in Australia that he would stand up for them if they were ever put in a violence situation at home.
Mr Jones, who works for Centacare’s Family and Relationships Centre in Chermside, made a public pledge on White Ribbon Day to stand up and speak out against family and domestic violence.
As a qualified counsellor and mediator with five years’ experience, Mr Jones deals directly with parents who, on a daily basis, have experienced domestic violence or initiate violence in their relationships.
“Every single day we are working with people to get to safety, remain in safety, and make some long standing arrangements to keep them safe,” Mr Jones said.
He said despite the number of disclosures increasing, there have been increases in the danger and lethality of violence.
Violence against women in particular “has tended to be far more dangerous and often far more lethal.”
Between 80 and 100 Australian women die at the hands of their male partners every year.
Photo: Jesse Jones pledged to speak up against domestic violence on White Ribbon Day (Emilie Ng)