Acting to prevent violence against women

Preventing violence against women is the focus of Air Force's Workplace Accreditation program with White Ribbon Australia.

The program began on 1 November 2015 and Air Force became a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace in March 2017.

Air Force is participating in the accreditation program because it recognises that violence against women has a negative impact on the health and safety of Air Force members in the workplace and the community.

White Ribbon Australia is a non-profit organisation and Australia's only nationally male-led primary prevention campaign to end men's violence against women.

The program aspires to increase the knowledge and skills of all staff to address the issue of men's violence against women, which aligns with the intent and objectives of Air Force's New Horizon agenda of pursuing cultural change.

The White Ribbon Oath

I will stand up, speak out and act to prevent men's violence against women

The program is led from the top of Air Force.

“The issue of violence against women is important to each and every one of us because it's fundamentally about values; it's about 'walking the talk' when it comes to standing up for what's right.”

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO, CSC

“Would you stand by while your wife, mother, sister or girlfriend was subjected to inappropriate behaviour? Integrity is exemplified by moral courage. Have the courage to do what is right, and stand up against what is clearly wrong.”

Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald AM, CSC