Month of awareness in fight against DV
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.