May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in Queensland. The purpose of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to raise community awareness about domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence will not be tolerated.
Blackwater Police, in conjunction with CQ Centacare and the Blackwater Well-being Hub, hosted a morning tea at the Blackwater Civic Centre with inspirational speaker and domestic violence survivor Simone O’Brien. The morning was about coming together as a community to discuss and educate others about domestic violence and how as a community we can implement prevention. Simone O’Brien shared her experience and how she is using her experience to promote awareness to other women.
Blackwater Police also held a shopping centre display at the Blackwater Town Shopping Centre. The display was kindly provided by White Ribbon Australia. The silhouette display of dark coloured, life size silhouettes represents the number of women that die from domestic and family violence in Australia each year.
The eye catching display encouraged shoppers to start a conversation with their local Police, CQ Centacare counsellors and Simone O’Brien about domestic violence, a topic not often spoken about.
Blackwater Police want the community to know that domestic violence happens in every community, so don’t stick your head in the sand. If you believe domestic violence is happening, call Triple Zero ‘000’ immediately. It does not matter if you are the person involved in the incident, you might be helping someone else in need.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence please contact one of the numbers below:
- In an emergency call the police on 000 (triple zero)
- DVConnect Womensline – phone 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days)
- DVConnect Mensline – phone 1800 600 636 (9am to 12 midnight, 7 days)
- 1800 RESPECT – phone 1800 737 732 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Kids Helpline – phone 1800 551 800 (24 hours, 7 days)
- Elder Abuse Helpline – Queensland phone 1300 651 192, rest of Australia phone (07) 3867 2525 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)
- State-wide Sexual Assault Helpline – phone 1800 010 120 (7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days)
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.