POLICE are encouraging local communities to ‘make the call’ on domestic and family violence in support of Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.
The annual campaign is held each May in the hope of raising community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence and the support available to those affected.
It encourages friends, family, colleagues and neighbours of people experiencing abuse in a domestic relationship to call the statewide DVConnect Womensline or Mensline to seek confidential advice about safety strategies and support.
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This year’s message is ‘Don’t let concern become regret – make the call to DVConnect’.
Acting Commissioner of Queensland Police Steve Gollschewski said Queensland Police were committed to working in partnership with communities to provide professional policing services that will, over time, prevent and reduce the incidents of domestic violence.
“Police officers are often called to provide the first official response to domestic violence. We also focus on prevention and early intervention approaches in partnership with all sectors of the community to break the cycle of violence,” Acting Commissioner Gollschewski said.
“This campaign highlights the important role friends, family and colleagues play in supporting people experiencing domestic and family violence to seek formal help. It enables people in the community to know the signs, recognize if someone they know is being abused and report on it.”
Acting Commissioner Gollschewski said domestic violence often occurred behind closed doors and residents are being encouraged to expose it to the right authorities before it’s too late.
“Some people may think that domestic and family violence is a private matter or none of their business. However, if concerns result in serious harm they may regret not doing anything sooner,” he said.
Numbers to call include DVConnect Womensline 1800 811 811 and DVConnect Mensline 1800 600 636.