Violence is not ok
Taking issue to street
A STREET march was held in Mundubbera recently to raise community awareness of the impacts of domestic violence on families and communities.
A small but enthusiastic group joined with committee members and staff of Mundubbera Community Development Association to march on both sides of Lyons St.
Attendees were given a single red rose and enjoyed a morning tea following the march.
“I believe domestic and family violence is most prevalent in our society and it is mostly concealed,” MCDA’s Community Development Officer John Sharp said.
“Most people may consider domestic and family violence as a physical form of assault, but I believe there are more subtle forms of abuse occurring as well such as control of emotions, financial, social interaction and the list goes on.
“I have long held the view that discussion on domestic and family violence is an issue that people avoid and will not attend workshops or presentations to gain information on strategies to cope with the issue.”
Mr Sharp’s view was formed after workshops and awareness raising sessions were not supported.
As a result MCDA decided to do something proactive this year and take the issue on to the street.
As a result of the success of the march organisers are considering making it an annual event during May which is Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month.
“Statistics are difficult to obtain because agencies who work with victims and perpetrators keep their data very confidential,” Mr Sharp said.
STREET MARCH: Domestic and Family Violence Prevention march, organised by Mundubbera Community Development Association.