Childers rises up and says ‘no’ to domestic violence.
CHILDERS and Gin Gin residents were no longer standing for domestic and family violence in their communities as they stepped up and said no to violence in the hope of removing the stigma and shame the victims feel.
Last week more than 200 people attended the Domestic and Family Violence Prevention events hosted by Childers and Gin Gin Neighbourhood Centres.
Event organisers were pleased with the community and local business support from Childers and Gin Gin and participation to increase awareness.
Domestic and family violence happens to people of all ages, culture, race and gender.
In Australia, the statistics report by Personal Safety Survey, 2012 suggest 1-in-6 women and 1-in-19 men has experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a current or former partner.
Abuse comes in all forms – verbal, emotional, physical and sexual.
Debra Murphy from the Childers Neighbourhood Centre said the neighbourhood centres saw firsthand the impact of domestic and family violence.
“We can arrange referrals to services; we focus on early intervention and raising awareness,” she said.
Showing their support, Deputy Mayor Bill Trevor and local MP Stephen Bennett posed for photos in support of stopping domestic and family violence.
Mr Trevor said by coming together and showing support we can together combat the violence in our communities.
EDON Place provides women and their children the opportunity to exercise self-determination in a supportive and empowering environment to break the cycle of violence.
The helpful staff and trained professionals provide assistance in strict confidence and privacy is a priority.
Childers Men’s Shed members showed their support by throwing on a barbecue feast fit for a king. The caramelised onions enticed locals and backpackers to Millennium Park.
For EDON Place phone 4153 6820 or for the 24-hour Crisis Line 1800 811 811.
STOP THE VIOLENCE: Debra Murphy, Local MP Stephen Bennett and Rechelle Dodds take a stand against domestic violence.
STUDENTS SAY NO: Isis District State High School students support stopping violence in their community.
Cr Bill Trevor says there is no place for violence in our community.
MAN UP: Childers Men’s Shed say no to violence. Photo: Jodie Dixon / Isis Town & Country
Childers Butchery staff Andrew Koeppen, Cathy Rush and Jamie Rush. Photo: contributed
Callum Bak and Joy Grumly supportg a great cause.
Tim Bunn says violence has no place in our community.
Bruce Horton says no to family violence.
Shyloh Williamson-Gleich helps to stop the violence.
Simone Manski and Clayton Dodds say no to violence.