Bikers bring message on White Ribbon Ride

ALEX FENSOME
Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012

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The anti-family violence bikers of the White Ribbon Ride are on a tour to call for action to end violence against women.

The riders are expected to be at the YMCA at 9am today before heading to Bluff.

The riders will pause and show off their bikes before riding back to Christchurch, stopping at Gore's Pioneer rugby grounds at 1.30pm and in Balclutha at 3.30pm.

Donald Napier, of the Patriots Motorcycle Club, is leading the convoy.

Invercargill Family Violence Focus Group project manager Karen Ave said White Ribbon Day, and the ride, were crucial events for the cause.

She expected a core group of 20 riders and many others who tagged along with the convoy for some of the legs.

"Every year we get a message out there to people about standing up to violence against women and children. It's incredibly important."

Some of the bikers were in Wanaka, Cromwell and Queenstown earlier in the week as part of the nationwide tour pushing for an end to violence against women.

The tours are organised by the Families Commission. The White Ribbon Riders spokesperson Rob McCann said one in three women were subjected to violence by their partner at some stage in their lives and on average 14 women a year were killed by their current or former partner.

There were more than 3500 convictions against men for assaulting women a year and only 20 per cent of abuse was reported.

Mr McCann said this year's tour was also focusing on non-physical violence. 

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