Aim­ing to stop do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence this month

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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 re­cep­tion2@whit­sun­day­

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.

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