Domestic violence and violence against women is not a topic for humour. This comes the day after the Baden Clay appeal was upheld and only a few days after Victoria Police members were exposed for preying on domestic violence victims they were meant to be assisting. Australia is finally moving towards giving this issue the serious attention it deserves. from Whiteribbon.org.au "Violence against women is a serious problem in Australia where: Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence. A woman is most likely to be killed by her male partner in her home. Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children. Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44. One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them. One in four children are exposed to domestic violence, which is a recognised form of child abuse. The cost of violence against women to the Australian economy is estimated to rise to $15.6 billion per annum. One in five women experience harassment within the workplace. One in five women over 18 has been stalked during her lifetime. Research indicates that: There’s increased risk of mental health, behavioural and learning difficulties from childhood exposure to intimate partner violence. Children exposed to violence in the home are at an increased risk of going on to commit or experience violence. Domestic violence impacts an employee’s ability to perform tasks in the workplace. Violence against women in the workplace impacts on the organisational climate and employees’ sense of wellbeing. But there is hope, because research also shows that: Building greater equality and respect between men and women can reduce attitudes that support violence. Social policy initiatives addressing gender inequity are central to reducing violence against women." As a community of mainly men on Green and Gold Rugby I think it is imperative that when we see something that is not right, we call it out and set a standard that says no to violence against women.