KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING:
VIOLENCE IS NOT NORMAL AND NOT OK!
You have most likely heard the horrifying statistics in the media lately: 1 in 6 women experience domestic abuse at the hands of a partner or ex-partner; that another case of domestic abuse is reported to police every 3 hours; and more than one woman per week is killed by a partner or ex-partner.
Many people are touched by domestic violence in some way: you may have lived it yourself or you may have a friend or loved one who is currently living with the trauma of domestic violence right now.
Either way, you would have experienced that confusing feeling called ‘helplessness’. What do I do, who do I tell, how can I help or get help?
Violence in not normal and it is so important that as a community that we stand together and keep the conversation going that it is not ok to abuse another person – physically, emotionally, financially or sexually.
Given that most of us work with, live near, or are related to someone who has experienced violence in their home or in their lives, it is not someone else’s’ problem. This is a global problem and we must do everything in our power to stop it. One more incidence of violence in our community is not acceptable.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING?
VIOLENCE IS NOT NORMAL, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS NEVER OK!
- If you know of someone who may be experiencing domestic violence, please ask the question ‘are you ok?’, ‘do you need help?’ and listen with an open, kind heart.
- If someone shares with you that they are being abused, and you’re not sure what to do, as a start call the domestic violence hotline for advice on 1800RESPECT.
- If you hear of acts of violence, don’t stay silent or indifferent. Speak up and talk with your children, your family, your colleagues, your friends.
When a woman finally asks for help and leaves a violent home, it is imperative that she be able to set-up a new home for her and her children – a home that is free from danger and violence. A home she can feel safe in.
Thank you again for your lovely support – it is greatly appreciated and is changing lives!