Office for Women keeps working with others to combat ongoing violence against women
The white ribbon is symbol of a campaign to raise men’s awareness about violence against women.
South Australia’s Office for Women was recognised in 2016 for its work to prevent violence against women, with a trophy from Arman Abrahimzadeh, the 2016 Young South Australian of the Year.
Arman Abrahimzadeh became a passionate advocate of empowering women and working against domestic violence after his mother Zahra was murdered by his father.
Since being named Young South Australian of the Year, he has set out to acknowledge the work by individuals and organisations to improve gender equality and prevent family violence.
In 2015, he and his sisters started the Zahra Foundation Australia to assist women in crisis and empower them with education and financial independence.
Mr Abrahimzadeh said it is important to acknowledge those working against family violence. “I first awarded the trophy to the Central Domestic Violence Service, which helped my mother, and has continued to help me and my sisters after her death.
The Office for Women, which includes the Women's Information Service, leads the state government’s work towards women’s equality through developing policy and providing advice to the government, non-government organisations and groups and the community.
The office works with both government and nongovernment agencies including women's domestic and Aboriginal violence services, Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault service and the Victim Support Service.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show: one in five Australian women have experienced sexual violence; one in four women have experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner, and one in three women have experienced physical violence.