Aiming to stop domestic and family violence this month
MAY is domestic and family violence awareness month and here in the Whitsundays, various organisations are preparing to increase community consciousness of the cause.
Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Services (WCCS) CEO Carmen Bekker said the purpose of DV month was to highlight the prevalence of the issue and raise awareness of the available services and support.
“It’s also about the fact that this is an issue that requires an across community response and responsibility,” she said.
Wednesday, May 7, is a national day to remember those who have died or suffered as a result of domestic and family violence.
In Airlie Beach, as in many places around the country, the community is invited to a candle-lighting ceremony at the foreshore market area from 56.15pm. This will be followed by a free wine and cheese evening at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, where businesses and corporates are invited to learn about how to appropriately and sensitively respond to co-workers or employees experiencing domestic or family violence. Topics to be discussed on the night will include best practices, recognising warning signs, training and education and how to ensure a safe and secure workplace.
Ms Bekker said all employers had a duty of care to provide safe and healthy workplaces and offer support.
“By assisting people subjected to domestic violence, employers can reduce workplace violence risks, increase productivity and protect themselves from liability by ensuring that a domestic violence response is part of all workplace safety plans,” she said.
Businesses are asked to RSVP for catering purposes by Wednesday, April 30, to email@example.com.
Other initiatives aimed at the community at large include a community barbeque at Pioneer Park on May 16 and a month-long campaign titled ‘blow the whistle on violence and make the call’.
For more information, phone WCCS on 4946 2999.