This week people all round Australia took part in White Ribbon Day to send a strong message that violence against women and children is never OK.
On average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner and 30% of women aged over 15 will experience physical or sexual violence by a man at some point in their lives.
Nearly 140,000 people from all walks of life have taken the White Ribbon Day oath and sworn never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and children.
The City supports a zero tolerance approach to men's violence against women. I am proud that the City of Sydney became an accredited White Ribbon workplace in 2013. This is the result of the dedication of our White Ribbon ambassadors and the commitment of our staff to address this important issue.
Speaking up about violence and making everyone aware it is totally unacceptable is an important step in turning these figures around.
To find out more about White Ribbon and the campaign to stop violence against women, visit http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/