Australian and NZ cops unite for White Ribbon Day message

POLICE from across the country and New Zealand have called on the community to "stand up and speak out" on domestic violence.

On White Ribbon on Monday, police commissioners from every state and territory and across the ditch met in Canberra to raise awareness of violence in homes.

As the push for "zero tolerance" for violence grows in Australian sporting codes, the commissioners released a joint statement calling for a "respectful community".

The statement said domestic violence was "never a victim's fault", and that police and the community should not accept it.

"Most importantly, all men have the capacity to make a difference and help prevent violence against women and children," the statement read.

"We need to work together as a community to challenge behaviours and attitudes that condone violence or sexism."

Prime Minister Tony Abbott joined the police leaders, saying their presence was a sign that not only was domestic violence a "social scourge", but an "absolute crime".

He said perpetrators of domestic violence should be "punished with the full severity of the law", and again endorsed the second national action plan.

That plan was launched in June and aims to create a "sustained and significant reduction in violence against women and their children".

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