‘Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is ev­ery­body’s busi­ness’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

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