Domestic Violence awareness as local services join forces



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Raising awareness for Domestic and Family Violence: Chrissy Gilewicz, Erin Easton, Megan Blacklow, and Robert O'Gorman from the Port Douglas Community Service Network. Image: Karlie Brady.

With the major objective of promoting awareness for Domestic Violence, local community services of the Douglas Shire have joined forces.

As part of this initiative they have designed a community project asking members of the local community to submit artwork aimed at highlighting the impact of Domestic and Family Violence.

They are inviting those interested join this initiative in promoting the project using the attached poster and perhaps showcasing the submitted artwork on your platform for public voting.

“We have needed to be a bit creative with our display due to COVID-19 and would really appreciate your support in promoting such an important awareness project that effects so many and often, behind closed doors.

“Our aim is for this project to not only raise awareness, but hope for those going through this,” said Chrissy Gilewicz, Community Development Worker, Port Douglas Community Service Network.

The Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre is working with Mossman Support Services, Mossman Youth Centre, Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service, Mossman Elders Justice Group and Douglas Shire Council to coordinate a local art event that has been adapted to meet the current social distance restrictions.

Participants are encouraged to create artwork using any materials and resources they have on hand and to submit a photo of their art by email. The sponsoring organisations can assist people with photography and upload if they need help. It is anticipated that entries will focus on domestic violence awareness with an emphasis on hope for the future.

The public will be invited to vote for their favourite entries and prizes of $100 will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Most popular entry
  • Most quirky or resourceful entry
  • Best teen entry
  • Best pre-teen entry
  • Voter prize (all who vote will go in the draw for a $100 prize)

Entries need to be submitted by 5:00pm on Wednesday 20 May and voting opens at 10am Thursday 21 May and closes at 5pm on Wednesday 27 May. Winners will be announced on 29 May.

Participants can get further details and entry forms from each of the above organisation’s social media pages or by contacting the organisations by phone as follows:

Meanwhile, with COVID-19 seeing a surge in Domestic and Family Violence, Australia’s first COVID-19 Domestic and Family Violence Virtual Summit was held yesterday with the focus on tackling the issue during the pandemic.

Frontline service providers and sector experts met with the state government to chart a path forward.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said participants explored options to continue to support people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence and deliver essential services within the new reality of the Coronavirus.

“The global COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented, leaving many people feeling isolated and it is essential that people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence know how to access support at this time,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“Home is not a safe haven for every Queenslander and the summit was an opportunity to hear from the experts in their fields on what they are confronted with and their advice on how to keep Queenslanders experiencing Domestic and Family Violence safe.

“We have heard from a range of service providers on issues like housing, perpetrator interventions and the impacts for children, and they have drilled down more intensively to together develop practical actions to deal with these issues in the present climate.”

The Premier also announced that a further $2 million would be made available for Domestic and Family Violence service providers to cope with increased demand and costs – in addition to a funding boost of $5.5 million announced in April.

Those experiencing Domestic and Family Violence can get support by contacting DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811, DVConnect Mensline on 1800 600 636 and 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732, or in the case of an emergency please contact Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Police.

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