No place for domestic violence
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.