Dozens march against domestic violence at Mooloolaba

WHEN "Norah" and her husband split, family, friends and organisations she did not know started receiving emails from her.

The trouble was, she was not the one sending them.

Her husband had set up email accounts in her name in an attempt to isolate her from all she held dear.

"It got to the point where my daughter tried to take out an apprehended violence order against me," she said.

A frustrated Norah, who was driven to the point of suicide, said the criminal justice system seemed to treat crimes committed in the context of a relationship differently.

"If it had been someone off the street, someone I didn't have a relationship with, it would have been a criminal matter but because it was my ex, it was like it was just a domestic issue," she said.


Norah was one of dozens of people who met at Alexandra Headland to march to Mooloolaba yesterday afternoon to say No More to domestic violence.

They marched to the Loo with a View where a candlelit ceremony was held and shoes laid out on the sand to remember lives lost.

Among the marchers were people who work with domestic and family violence victims and perpetrators and others with personal experience of the problems.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, in 2013-14 the rate of DV applications made per 100,000 people on the Sunshine Coast was 360.

In that same period there were 66,016 domestic violence incidents reported to police throughout the state, while from September 17, 2013 to September 16, 2014, women were the victims in 15,656 protection orders, while men were the aggrieved in 4486 orders made.

Another 300 people marched at Gympie on Tuesday and another march will be held at Maleny next week.

Karen Marsh, the coordinator at domestic violence service producer Centacare SCOPE, said this year's theme of No More was a call to the community to step up.

"It's really about changing the culture in the community about domestic and family violence," she said.

"It's about trying to raise awareness and encouraging men to be strong, to stand up and take action and improve relationships and make families safe."

Ms Marsh said statistics showed lots of people did report domestic violence but there were still many who remained reluctant or fearful.

Centacare SCOPE has launched a YouTube video featuring police, Sunshine Coast Falcons players, Bruce and Denise Morcombe and radio presenter Caroline Hutchinson which encourages people to say "No More".

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