With May now upon us it is time again when the Queensland Police Service joins the community to mark Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to raise community awareness of domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence of this sort will not be tolerated.
It is also a time to reflect on and remember those who have lost their lives through domestic and family violence (DFV) and to pledge to play a part in engendering a community where violence is not accepted.
Whilst it is special to focus on domestic violence in May each year, let’s treat every month as DFV Prevention Month. The issue is one of significant impact in our community.
Brisbane West police are reminding members of the community to be the eyes and ears of the community in helping to stop domestic and family violence. By reporting incidences of domestic and family violence, police can then support families to be safer. Brisbane West police would like to thank those in the community who have reported incidences of domestic and family violence.
When people speak up about domestic and family violence the community becomes a safer place. Community safety is everyone’s responsibility and police encourage people affected by domestic and family violence to seek help and report it.
There are many mechanisms to support people affected by domestic and family violence:
Most importantly, in an emergency call Triple Zero (000).
For support and advice phone:
- DV Connect Womensline on 1800 811 811 (24 hours, seven days a week)
- DV Connect Mensline on 1800 600 636 (9am to midnight, seven days a week)
- Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hour crisis counselling line).
- Alternatively, if you want to speak with someone in person please contact your local police station to speak with an officer.
Help bring domestic and family violence out of the shadows. Let’s talk about it, support someone experiencing it and report it so police can help.
Together we say NO to domestic and family violence. Not now, not ever.
For more information on ‘Not Now, Not Ever’ visit the Department of Communities website here.