The Queensland Government has launched a domestic and family violence awareness campaign to support Queenslanders this holiday season.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said while Christmas and the summer holidays was a time for family, joy and celebration, it was also a time of higher risk for Queenslanders impacted by domestic and family violence.
“We know domestic and family violence can escalate this time of year,” she said.
“COVID-19 has already brought on additional stress factors that may be exacerbated at Christmas time.
“Stressful situations from financial pressures, substance abuse or increased time at home and at family gatherings are key factors known to increase the likelihood of domestic and family violence.
“That’s why we have launched this statewide help and awareness campaign – to ensure Queenslanders know where and how to seek support if they are experiencing abuse, or how to provide support safely as a bystander if they suspect someone they know is experiencing domestic and family violence.
“I want Queenslanders to know support is available and there is somewhere to go if they don’t feel safe at home.
“Because nothing is more important than the safety of Queenslanders.”
Ms Fentiman said the message was clear – domestic and family violence is everyone’s responsibility.
“Having the tools at hand so you can safely check in on your loved ones over Christmas and the summer period is the best first-aid you can give in these situations,” she said.
“If you suspect a friend, family member or someone close to you, like a neighbour, is experiencing abuse, start a conversation.
“Your support can and does make a difference.”
More than $100,000 has been dedicated to the delivery of the campaign, from mid-December 2020 to the end of February 2021, across digital and social media channels.
The campaign targets young, adult and elderly Queenslanders who may be experiencing domestic and family violence.
Workplaces and community groups are encouraged to play their part in addressing domestic and family violence in Queensland by ensuring their colleagues and local communities are aware of the support options available. Campaign resources are available online and include information and important contact details for specialist services.
The campaign also aims to increase awareness and understanding of all forms of domestic and family violence, particularly non-physical forms of abuse, and emphasises the seriousness of these behaviours.
Ms Fentiman said it is critical for Queenslanders to understand that domestic and family violence is not always physical abuse.
“Domestic and family violence is an ongoing pattern of controlling and intimidating behaviours – and it is never acceptable,” she said.
“Queenslanders should be aware that support options exist for all forms of abuse, including non-physical violence.”
For more information visit www.qld.gov.au/dfvsupport
Should you or someone you know be experiencing or at risk of domestic and family violence please contact the following services:
In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000) and ask for Police.
For crisis counselling and support, call DVConnect on 1800 811 811 (24/7).
For help for young Queenslanders, call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.