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Griffith City Council is supporting a national campaign to help reduce violence against women and their children.

Stop it at the Start aims to show how easily our words and actions can be misinterpreted by young people, how they might take our words at face value, or see them as an excuse or permission to behave in a certain way.

Griffith Mayor, Councillor John Dal Broi said parents, family members, teachers, coaches, employers or community leaders should be aware of the impact their words and actions have on the next generation. 

“It doesn’t matter who you are, violence against women and children is not acceptable and won’t be tolerated,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“We all need to be mindful of the messages we are giving young people. They need to know that certain behaviour is inappropriate.

“As parents, and as influencers of young people, we want the best for our kids. We all need to think about the impact of what we say and do, and start conversations about respect with boys and girls.

“We need to help them understand right and wrong and to respect others, and themselves.”

To show support for the campaign and White Ribbon Day, which falls on Friday, 23 November, 2018, Council, in partnership with Soroptimist International Griffith, Griffith Leagues Club and Exies Club, has installed White Ribbon Flags along Banna Avenue in Griffith.

Stop it at the Start targets disrespectful attitudes and behaviours adults might dismiss or ignore in young people - often without realising it. We make excuses like “it’s just boys being boys” or “he is only doing it because he likes you.”

The campaign is directed at parents and family members of children aged 10 - 17, as well as the teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers of young people.

Stop it at the Start illustrates how small steps, small moments of change - by all of us - can help break the cycle of violence against women.

Making a change can be as simple as reflecting on what we say and do, or talking to our kids about respectful relationships.