Every two minutes, Australian police deal with domestic violence.
Domestic violence could be on the rise as White Ribbon Australia enters liquidation and “closes its doors”.
The anti-domestic violence charity made the announcement after assessing the business is no longer sustainable.
“It is with profound sadness that the board of White Ribbon Australia informs the community and supporters that it has taken the very difficult decision to close its doors,” White Ribbon Australia released in a statement.
The charity, which works to prevent men’s violence against women, claimed the decision to close the company was necessary for its future sustainability.
A very sad loss for our eclectic movement for change. Addressing men’s violence against women is a whole of community problem & requires a whole of community response. @WhiteRibbonAust performed a vital role in many communities as part of this work 💜https://t.co/mkfB3lEfgn
— Women's Safety NSW (@womenssafetynsw) October 3, 2019
“White Ribbon Australia has been proud to serve alongside so many dedicated partner organisations, grassroots communities and government in the important work of ending men’s violence against women,” the statement read.
Reports show the charity had been in the red financially for more than a year.
The organisation saw a net loss of more than A$840,827 in the last financial year, according a 2018 report. About A$7 million was spent on employees and promotional expenses while total gross income was just A$6,072,333.
In addition to its financial insecurities, White Ribbon Australia saw internal turmoil as four directors resigned, including former CEO Tracy McLeod Howe.
White Ribbon Australia employed 30 full-time and 13 part-time staff, and had 1,260 volunteers.
According to documents lodged with regulators, it received $6m in revenue, but spent $6.9m, for the 2017-18 financial year.https://t.co/8ErNMB2uQI
— Meagan Tyler (@DrMeaganTyler) October 3, 2019
The former executive, who quit late last year after three-months into the role, blamed the company’s demise on its inability to deal with financial situations.
“There was an incapacity to deal with the financial situation,” McLeod Howe told The Australian. “That was always at the heart of it. It’s purely financial.
“They just needed to cut their cloth to fit and not pretend to be what they’re not.”
The closure of White Ribbon Australia could result in more cases of violence against women – a devastating crisis that already results in one woman killed every week at the hands of a man she knows.
The White Ribbon Foundation was established in 2007 to build a future free from violence and abuse. The announcement was made a month before White Ribbon Day, held annually on 22 November.
“Even though White Ribbon Australia’s journey ends here, we know that the work of our partners and communities will continue,” the statement said.
“Eliminating men’s violence against women must remain a priority.”