Vi­o­lence is not ok

Tak­ing is­sue to street

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

STREET MARCH: Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Preven­tion march, or­gan­ised by Mun­dub­bera Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

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