Tag: Charity

Why Do We Support A Men's Behaviour Change Program

 

For men’s behaviour change programs to work, the attitude of our society must also change.

 

Men’s behaviour change programs are a crucial part to end violence against women. As Michael Brandenburg from No To Violence says, taking responsibility for their abusive behaviour is an important first step for men towards changes, ”No more excuses, no more blaming ”. By helping men to understand and change their behaviour, we're helping create a safer space for the women and children affected by their actions.

 

However, for men’s behaviour change programs to work, the attitude of our society must also change. As a community, let's take a good look at ourselves, how we treat women and what messages we give to our young men. Violence against women is not just a women’s issue. It's a societal issue. It impacts all of us and we're all responsible.

 

This month, Irrelevant Society will give 20% of the profits to Communicare’s Breathing Space Program – a residential Family and Domestic Violence men's behaviour change program which provides an alternative to removing women and children from their family home while helping men address their issues. The average wait list to access a program like this is 6 months.

 

Find out more about the Breathing Space Program here and check our latest collections to wear your conviction with pride and support this important cause.

 

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800 Respect – 1800 737 732

Introducing this months’ charity – FVPLS

R.S. Dixon

 

Every two months the Irrelevant Society donates 20% of profits to a different organisation working to end domestic violence. This June and July, all your purchases support Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Victoria (FVPLS).

If you saw the Four Corners episode in May about the death of Lynette, a young Aboriginal woman and mother of seven who bled to death on a lonely beach after horrific sexual abuse, you’d know that Indigenous women are far more likely to suffer violence and abuse. In fact Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) statics show that Aboriginal women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised and 10 times more likely to be killed than other women because of family violence.

Yes, you read right – 34 times more likely to be hospitalised and 10 times more likely to be killed.

FVPLS

It’s important to keep in mind that while the victims may be Indigenous, the perpetrators of such violence come from a range of cultural backgrounds. In Lynette’s case, her boyfriend was white, which sadly, may have something to do with why justice is still yet to be found five years on.

It’s stories like these which prove the need for specific prevention support and legal services for Indigenous women and children affected by family violence. Enter FVPLS. Established in 2002 in Victoria, FVPLS is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation which provides assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and works directly with families and communities affected by violence.

Through a range of free legal advice and services, as well as education and advocacy programs, FVPLS works to provide support to survivors, enable justice, and ultimately prevent domestic violence against Aboriginal and TSI women.

You can find out more about FVPLS here and don’t forget to check our new winter jumpers and other collections to add to your wardrobe while supporting this fantastic organisation.