No place for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Isis Town and Country - - News -

DO­MES­TIC and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion Month is be­ing high­lighted across the Childers and Gin Gin com­mu­ni­ties through a se­ries of aware­ness events.

Dur­ing the launch ear­lier this month, Bund­aberg Re­gion Mayor Jack Dempsey praised those in­volved in com­bat­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as “the front-line war­riors and true he­roes in our com­mu­nity”.

The mayor re­cently at­tended a can­dle light­ing cer­e­mony in Buss Park to launch the cam­paign and spell out an un­mis­tak­able mes­sage about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence – Not Now, Not Ever in our Home Town!

“Do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence is one of the great sad­nesses of so­ci­ety,” Cr Dempsey said.

“It’s great that coun­cil is ac­tively pro­mot­ing aware­ness of this is­sue through events con­ducted by the Childers and Gin Gin Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tres.”

The coun­cil’s com­mu­nity and cul­tural ser­vices port­fo­lio spokes­woman Judy Peters said the Gin Gin and Childers Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tres were run­ning the Not Now, Not Ever cam­paign and en­cour­aged ev­ery­one in their com­mu­ni­ties to talk about do­mes­tic vi­o­lence pre­ven­tion dur­ing May.

“Do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence af­fects women, chil­dren, men and fam­i­lies across our re­gion,” said Cr Peters.

“The vis­ual cam­paign in­volves lo­cal busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups and res­i­dents hav­ing their photos taken hold­ing plac­ards which give them a voice against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“Th­ese photos will then be promi­nently dis­played throughout the com­mu­nity.”

Ev­ery­one is welcome to head along to the coun­cil’s Not Now, Not Ever mar­quee on Thurs­day, May 12, in Gin Gin from 10am–12.30pm in the IGA car park, and also to a bar­be­cue in Mil­len­nium Park, Childers, on Fri­day, May 13, from 10am.

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