Domestic violence is a huge problem in Australia. So, raising awareness is crucial.
James Stephens reports.
Support groups and domestic violence victims gathered in West End today for a domestic violence vigil.
Violence impacts tens of thousands of families.
74% of domestic violence in Queensland comes from intimate relationships.
A further 26% is suffered at the hands of family members.
Dep. Comm. Bob Gee, Qld Police: “We are here today to acknowledge that domestic violence, whether people know it or not, touched everyone’s life.”
May is domestic and family violence prevention month.
It promotes awareness, a no-tolerance message and encourages people to seek help.
Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah: “We are seeing too many women who are facing very extreme violence and injury, and their lives are controlled in a way that’s unacceptable.”
Brisbane has seen a 323% increase in domestic violence order breaches from 2001 to 2018 with 17,500 coming just last year.
Despite that support workers say they are making a difference.
Karyn Walsh, CEO of Micah: “We think we’re making progress and we’re very proud of that progress.”
Queensland Police back efforts to curb violence, worried about the messages it teaches our youth.
Dep. Comm. Bob Gee, Qld Police: “Look after those around us, treat everyone with respect, but particularly treat children and teach children what’s right and wrong.”
James Stephens, QUT News.