Cen­tre poster sets tar­get on home vi­o­lence

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

LO­CAL sup­port ser­vices have launched a pow­er­ful cam­paign to raise aware­ness of do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence.

With Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Month fin­ish­ing to­mor­row, the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre and Jawunkarra Sup­port Ser­vice are pro­mot­ing aware­ness in a unique way with a poster cre­ated us­ing pow­er­ful words and phrases that may be fa­mil­iar to vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, along with phone num­bers avail­able for help and sup­port.

The posters will be hang­ing on the back of toi­let doors at var­i­ous ho­tels and clubs around the re­gion, shar­ing the in­flu­en­tial mes­sage that sup­port is avail­able.

Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre com­mu­nity coun­sel­lor Michelle Philp said the posters ben­e­fit­ted ev­ery­one and com­pli­mented the aware­ness gen­er­ated from re­cent work­shops.

‘‘We re­cently of­fered ed­u­ca­tion work­shops to lo­cal busi­nesses with the aim to equip staff to bet­ter un­der­stand and re­spond to the im­pacts of do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence,’’ she said.

‘‘We en­cour­age any other or­gan­i­sa­tions to con­tact us if you would like to par­tic­i­pate in this cam­paign.’’

Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Preven­tion Month is held dur­ing May each year to raise com­mu­nity aware­ness of the so­cial and per­sonal im­pacts of do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence, and the sup­port avail­able to those af­fected.

Any­one who wants more in­for­ma­tion on the ser­vices avail­able can con­tact the Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre on 4099 5518 or the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on 4098 2005.

Pic­ture: KATE AGRUMS

SEND­ING THE MES­SAGE: Port Dou­glas Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre’s Jo de Riva O’Phe­lan

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