‘Domestic violence is everybody’s business’
MISUNDERSTANDINGS about domestic violence may have been the reason for low turnouts at training workshops over the past few days.
Lifeline Trainer Lester Lewis, who ran the workshops, said he thought people might have a perception that domestic violence didn’t happen in the community.
“It’s everywhere, all over Australia and it’s not a respecter of people or life situations either,” Mr Lewis said.
A UnitingCare Community initiative, the workshops held at Monto, Eidsvold and Mundubbera had virtually no attendees.
This workshop, which Mr Lewis hopes to be able to try again in the future, is intended to target ordinary members of the community, rather than victims who would be afraid to come forth.
“It’s about trying to help the community build skill sets so if they do recognise somebody showing evidence of being subjected to violence, they can at least act and support that person,” Mr Lewis said.
“That might be as simple as just giving them a phone number.”