Community rallies to raise awareness on White Ribbon Day
ONE woman on average is murdered by her current or former partner every week.
This is according to White Ribbon Australia, which stages its day of awareness about domestic violence today, November 23.
Many community organisations joined the Kingaroy police for a community barbecue outside the station to mark the occasion and help reduce the stigma surrounding domestic violence.
South Burnett CTC domestic violence team leader Julie Blundell said the community event was terrific.
"It makes the police more approachable,” Ms Blundell said.
"Everybody is on the same team - nobody wants abuse happening in the community.”
White Ribbon Day aims to spread awareness of domestic violence and acknowledge it does happen.
"A lot of stuff is left unsaid and that's how violence thrives in that silence, so it's acknowledging what's going on, helping the community be aware of what's going on and they can actually help,” Ms Blundell said.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, in any situation.
"It happens across all economic divides, anybody can be in that situation, and its not gender specific,” Ms Blundell said.
There are free support services available for those who find themselves in a domestic violence situation.
"If you're concerned about anybody, ask them at an appropriate time, say 'I'm here to help, would you like someone to talk to?' just so they don't feel isolated,” Ms Blundell said.
Parents are encouraged to consider their own relationships when encouraging their children to treat one another with respect.
"The best thing parents can do for their own children is to be kind and love each other, because they are the blueprint of what the children will do,” she said.
"Encourage your sons to be kind and considerate and encourage your daughters the same, but also to have a voice if they are unhappy or uncomfortable, speak up.”