Campaign zeroes in on violence with catching slogans
"LOVE Shouldn't Hurt" and "There's No Excuse For Abuse" are two of the strong slogans you might see next time you're out for a drink at the local pub.
This was part of the launch of Livingstone Shire's Domestic and Family Violence Awareness campaign last week, which is just one more step in the bid to stop domestic and family violence in our community and beyond.
Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig said the campaign is part of the national Domestic and Family Violence Prevention month and this year's theme is 'Don't let concern become regret, trust your instinct - Call DVConnect'.
"This local campaign has been developed by Livingstone Shire Council and the Capricorn Coast Domestic and Family Violence Working Group," Cr Ludwig said.
"Domestic and family violence impacts on the whole community and occurs across all genders, demographic and socio economic groups.
"The campaign aims to prevent domestic and family violence by prompting friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues who suspect someone they know is being abused to trust their instinct and call DVConnect for support and advice.
"You do not need to identify yourself or the person affected, the important message is to trust your instincts and make the call as you could save a life."
Cr Jan Kelly said the signs of domestic and family violence may not always be obvious.
"If you notice a change in the behaviour of someone you know and suspect they may be experiencing domestic and family violence, don't discount it. It could be an important opportunity to prevent a tragedy," Cr Kelly said.
"Local licensed venues have also committed to using entry stamps and coasters developed by the Working Group. These display messages like 'love shouldn't hurt' and 'there's no excuse for abuse'.
"Hopefully promotion of the Trust Your Instinct message will encourage people to be proactive to help others."
FIND OUT MORE
For more information, please go to livingstone.qld.gov.au
DV Connect Womensline 1800 811 811 or DV Connect Mensline 1800 600 636
Women's Health Centre on 4922 6585