Jo and Naomi work with Anglicare to support victims of domestic violence. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin
Jo and Naomi work with Anglicare to support victims of domestic violence. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin Lisa Benoit

CQ domestic violence figures frighten case manager

ANGLICARE CQ's domestic violence case manager Jo sees the physical and emotional scars victims of abusive relationships suffer on a daily basis.

But nothing has scared Jo, whose surname has been withheld, more than seeing the statistics of domestic violence in CQ rise by 20% since last year.

Jo said she had worked with countless numbers of victims of domestic violence in the time she'd worked with Anglicare.

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"The people I deal with are in a crisis where an incident has occurred and they need to get out of that abusive relationship and need support doing that," she said.

"I help them find other housing options, financial support, refer them to counselling and most importantly teach them how to maintain their safety once they've left the relationship because the risks of domestic violence increase if someone is planning to leave.

"This program is incredibly important for victims, especially those who are experiencing a crisis.

"A lot of women can be reluctant to leave because they and their kids don't have anywhere else to go or they have such low self-esteem they think it's their fault for what happened, so that's where we come in to help them and educate them.

"From working in this field, I've found that I'm always amazed at the strength of the women I work with, these women have had horrendous things happen to them.

"Domestic violence and family violence isn't just a physical form of abuse, where you see marks or can remember the feeling of someone's hands around your neck, it's also emotional and psychological abuse."

Statistics show that one in three Australian women will experience violence in an intimate relationship.

If you are a victim of domestic violence phone Anglicare CQ on 4930 1500.



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