May is Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Month

May is Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Month

IT will take all of us, working together, to beat the issue of domestic and family violence (D&FV) in our community.

Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence (CCRDFV) Chairperson Sergeant Vicki Dredge said the rate of D&FV across our state is “significant”, and that it is everyone’s responsibility to do what they can to stop it.

“D&FV is a scourge across our communities and requires a collaborative and integrated effort across all sections of the community, and all levels of government to address,” she said.

CCRDFV, a committee of government and non-government organisations and volunteers, works to raise awareness and provide education about the signs and effects of D&FV in the Gladstone Region.

“We (CCRDFV) have a number of ongoing initiatives and programs which have been sustained over the years due to the amazing people involved in, and supporting, CCRDFV,” Ms Dredge said.

“Our RUBY Program is a PT Program for women escaping DV, our Empowering Maintenance Program teaches participants basic vehicle maintenance, while our Love Bites Program is delivered to local high school students and teaches them all about respectful relationships.”

Ms Dredge said there were several ways in which individuals, businesses and community groups could get involved in and support CCRDFV, and help reduce and eliminate the epidemic of D&FV in our community.

“CCRDFV members regularly attend local businesses as guest speakers and talk with employees about D&FV and promote local initiatives, and how we can all work together,” she said.

“This service is open to all local businesses and organisations, and we encourage them to reach out to us to discuss, especially if they would like to learn more about adopting in-house D&FV policies to assist victims of D&FV in seeking assistance through the workplace.”

Ms Dredge said with May being Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Month, local businesses and community groups were encouraged to “paint the town purple” to promote D&FV awareness, and in doing so start important conversations in their circle.

“Having these hard conversations can make the world of difference to survivors of D&FV and help break the cycle of violence,” she said.

The group runs a year-round GLAD (Gladstone’s Light After Dark) Packs Program, where businesses can nominate as a collection point, for staff or members of the public, for toiletry items for men, women, and youth.

“These items are then packaged and handed out to locals in-need, and are greatly appreciated,” Ms Dredge said.

“The feedback we get is it’s just nice for these people who have had to leave D&FV situations to have something that is their own.”

For more information on CCRDFV and how you can get involved in Domestic & Family Violence Prevention Month visit www.gladstoneccrdfv.com.au.

CCRDFV can be contacted directly on office@gladstoneccrdfv.com.au.

 

Where to go for help?

Emergency (Ambulance, Fire, Police)          000

DV Connect Womensline                                1800 811 811

DV Connect Mensline                                      1800 600 636

Kids Helpline (24/7)                                        1800 551 800

Elder Abuse Helpline                                       1300 651 192

 

Gladstone News GLAD Pack Collection Point

Between May 6 – June 6 Gladstone News will be a GLAD Pack Collection Point for CCRDFV.

Pop into our shop at 12/100 Goondoon Street, Monday – Friday between 9am – 4:30pm to donate toiletry items for men, women and youths.

Items needed include body wash or soap, shampoo and conditioner, lip balm or gloss, shaving products, stick deodorant and face washers or sponges.

Your donations will be created into GLAD Packs and given to people escaping domestic and family violence in the Gladstone Region.