Mothers, elderly among Warwick domestic violence victims
STRANGULATION, stalking and sexual violence are terrifying instances of domestic violence faced by Warwick residents.
Our community continues to struggle with an epidemic that affects one in six women throughout Australia but residents have an opportunity to stand up and put a stop to the pain.
Warwick Safe Haven Inc president Bette Bonney said domestic violence affected residents of all ages and both genders.
"It's not just the classic male perpetrator against a female partner, there's teenage sons attacking their mothers and elder abuse,” she said.
"It can be the other way around, where parents are abusive to kids.
"There's also men needing assistance.”
Domestic Violence Action Centre Toowoomba service manager Kath Turley said some Warwick residents had duress alarms, which they could push if they felt unsafe.
Ms Turley said it was important to know the signs of domestic violence to help others get help.
"If people are experiencing strangulation in their relationship with their partner or ex-partner, or people are experiencing their partner is threatening to harm or kill them.... these are indicators that can lead to more serious violence and abuse or death,” Ms Turley said.
Mrs Bonney said some victims believed violence was normal but people needed to know there was help available.
"It places a lot of fear in their lives and decreases self value,” she said.
Residents will be able to support victims at the Warwick Safe Haven peace walk and candlelight vigil on Wednesday, May 2.
The walk will start at 5.30pm at Warwick Town Hall with the vigil taking place at Leslie Park at 6pm.
If you or someone you know needs help, call the Domestic Violence Action Centre during business hours on 4642 1354, Womensline on 1800811811 or Mensline on 1800600636.