NO!

Childers rises up and says ‘no’ to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

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.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

STOP THE VI­O­LENCE: De­bra Murphy, Lo­cal MP Stephen Bennett and Rechelle Dodds take a stand against do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

PHO­TOS: JODIE DIXON BIT130516DV06

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.

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