Stand up to stop domestic violence

A NEW campaign aimed at encouraging people to speak out for someone they fear is the victim of domestic violence or elder abuse has been welcomed in the Rose City.

Member of the Warwick Domestic Violence Strategy Group Bette Bonney said the State Government's Make the Call campaign could potentially save a life.

"This is also an ideal way for community members to do their own research online and get the information they need," Mrs Bonney said.

"We are certainly wanting the community to become alert and aware - to be the eyes and ears for their neighbourhood, friends, relatives - and to make wise choices about how to help."

Mrs Bonney said the campaign was about getting the community talking about something that is often considered taboo.

"So often, the community tends to think 'it's not my business', or just turn a blind eye, or have a certain amount of fear around interfering," she said.

"These resources will show different ways to make the call - anonymously, or to give resources where they think it might be needed.

"They may even save a life."

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month and Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15.

Although taboo, the issue is prevalent in society and is still responsible for a significant amount of the state's deaths each year.

Between 2006 and 2012, an average of 23 deaths a year - almost half of all homicides - were linked to domestic and family violence.

In 2009 it was estimated domestic violence cost the Queensland economy between $2.7 billion and $3.2 billion each year.

 

Make the Call

  • DVConnect Womensline - 1800 811 811, 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • DVConnect Mensline - 1800 600 636, 9am - midnight, 7 days a week
  • In an emergency call 000
  • 1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732, 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Kids helpline - 1800 551 800, 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Elder Abuse Helpline 1300 651 192, 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday


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