Month of aware­ness in fight against DV

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SUF­FER­ING abuse at home is some­thing no-one should have to go through but, for all too many peo­ple, it’s a re­al­ity of life.

This month marks Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion Month in Queens­land, a chance to raise aware­ness and send a mes­sage into communities that vi­o­lence will not be tol­er­ated.

For Chin­chilla com­mu­nity con­nect worker Louise Judge, it’s es­sen­tial to spread the word.

“There are lots of kinds of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, it doesn’t have to be phys­i­cal to be do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, and a lot of peo­ple don’t un­der­stand that,” she said.

“It can be in­tim­i­dat­ing be­hav­iour, ver­bal, psy­cho­log­i­cal con­trols, man­ag­ing your time – ‘where’ve you been’, ‘who’d you talk to’, ‘you took too long at the shops’.

“Ser­vices can help you to go, don’t be un­safe over money, there is fi­nan­cial support and there are other ways thing can hap­pen.”

If you or some­one you know needs help, you can call the 24/7 Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Hot­line 1800 811 811 (women) or 1800 600 636 (men), or Life­line on 13 11 14.

THERE IS HOPE: Chin­chilla Fam­ily Support Cen­tre’s Jody Ciantar.

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