Anti-Violence Charity White Ribbon Australia Goes Into Liquidation

Anti-violence organisation White Ribbon Australia is closing down, citing sustainability issues.

It comes a little under two months before White Ribbon Day, on November 23.

In a statement this morning, the White Ribbon board said it was with "profound sadness" it had made the "difficult decision to close its doors".

"The decision became necessary following an analysis of the organisation's future sustainability," it said.

"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."

It encouraged people already planning events for White Ribbon Day to continue to plan along with international White Ribbon organisations.

Notice was given at a general meeting yesterday that White Ribbon Australia would be wound up, with liquidators appointed from Worrells Solvency.

The White Ribbon campaign has been running in Australia since 1992, and has become a central part of the country's campaign to reduce violence against women.

On average, one woman is killed each week by a current or former partner.

However, in recent years White Ribbon has been heavily criticised for appearing to focus on shallow campaigning and celebrity endorsements rather than working to end intimate partner violence.

Australian of the Year Rosie Batty cries on stage during her speech at a White Ribbon Day at Broadmeadows town hall with the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove in Melbourne, on Wednesday Nov. 25, 2015. Photo: AAP.

Last year, it withdrew its policy supporting abortion, saying it was "agnostic" about reproductive rights "until our stakeholders tell us it is important to most of them."

After strong backlash from anti-domestic violence campaigners -- who argue that access to reproductive healthcare is essential in helping prevent violence -- then chief executive Tracy McLeod Howe reinstated the policy.

An article published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology last year found deep flaws in White Ribbon's methodology, arguing it failed in its responsibility to drive societal change.