No place for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

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MEM­BER for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett urges lo­cals to join the move­ment and speak out to end vi­o­lence against women.

Mr Ben­nett, a White Rib­bon Am­bas­sador, said July 29 was White Rib­bon Night, an an­nual cam­paign to raise aware­ness and high­light the scourge of vi­o­lence against women.

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is caus­ing ris­ing rates of home­less­ness for women and chil­dren, with many un­able to live in the houses they have be­cause the risk of abuse is too great, ac­cord­ing to White Rib­bon Aus­tralia. Forced to flee, a grow­ing num­ber of women and chil­dren are liv­ing in cars, car­a­van parks, board­ing houses, refuges or couch surf­ing.

“Our homes should be safe havens. Sadly, for some women, they are places of fear, con­trol and in­tim­i­da­tion,” Mr Ben­nett said.

Mr Ben­nett said on av­er­age one woman a week was killed in Aus­tralia as a re­sult of in­ti­mate part­ner vi­o­lence.

“Women are three times more likely than men to ex­pe­ri­ence vi­o­lence from an in­ti­mate part­ner,” he said.

“White Rib­bon is an im­por­tant cam­paign which seeks to cre­ate a change in cul­ture and sends a clear mes­sage that vi­o­lence against women is no longer mis­un­der­stood, ex­cused or joked about.”

If you re­quire as­sis­tance, you can call the 24-hour sup­port line in Queens­land at DV Con­nect on 1800 811 811, Men­sLine on 1800 600 636 or the na­tional hot­line 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732.

STOP VI­O­LENCE: White Rib­bon Day was on July 29.

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