Archive: Aug 2014

White Ribbon Day 2015

NAPCAN stands with White Ribbon to end violence against women and their children. With more than one million Australian children affected by domestic violence, a recognised form of child abuse, it is vital we all play our part to prevent it.

We congratulate White Ribbon on their successful White Ribbon Day campaign on 25th November, which included over 500 events across the country.

Research has shown that children who have been exposed to intimate partner abuse have an increased risk of mental health issues as well as behavioural and learning difficulties.

Gender based violence impacts all Australians.

A commitment to ending violence against women is a commitment to ensuring that women, children and men live in safety free from all forms of violence.

To find out more about the White Ribbon campaign or get involved go to


A great turn out for the White Ribbon Day march in Darwin, NT.

NAPCAN congratulates our own Ellen Poyner.

NAPCAN congratulates Ellen Poyner, who has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to conduct further research and investigation into family violence and sexual assault prevention programs and evaluations.

Ellen hopes to gain insight into and practical application of:

  • Different approaches to program development, including with Indigenous communities that align with best practice;
  • Innovative evaluations which measure impact and gather qualitative feedback;
  • Processes for building partnerships  between schools and violence prevention organisations.

Ellen, who is one of our Senior Project Officers and Trainers in the Northern Territory and South Australia, will undertake this research in the United States and Canada; aiming to learn from leading organisations who have experience in cross-cultural program development with Indigenous communities and implement this learning in Australia.

We look forward to Ellen’s findings.

Once again, congratulations Ellen from the entire NAPCAN team, we are very proud of you!

** Ellen is pictured with His Excellency Rear Admiral The Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR.

NAPCAN would like to wish you a happy and safe festive season.

We thank you for your contribution throughout the year as we work together to empower communities to value and support children to live free from violence, abuse and neglect.

Over the holiday season we encourage you to reach out and connect with the children and young people in your community. Holidays can be a stressful time so check in with families and offer to lend a hand or an ear to those in your network or neighbourhood.

Be someone who listens to children because communities matter.

Thank you for playing your part in 2014, we look forward to sharing our work with you in 2015. Our offices will re-open on 5 January 2015.

Warm regards