By April Murphy
The State Government has launched a new awareness campaign during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month to help Queenslanders identify all forms of domestic and family violence (DFV).
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said domestic and family violence is not always physical and can affect Queenslanders of all ages.
“Often it involves financial abuse, social abuse, isolation or even the use of technology to torment. All of these things can be just as dangerous as physical abuse,” the Premier said.
The campaign aims to educate Queenslanders on recognising all forms of domestic and family violence and what support is out there.
Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Shannon Fentiman, said communities across the state had been impacted by recent tragic events that have left people asking, ‘What can I do?’.
“This new state-wide campaign is a critical part of letting Queenslanders know just that”, Minister Fentiman said.
The new campaign, which has already begun, will target all Queenslanders through digital advertising channels, social media and Google Search advertising, as well as in GP practices and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Networks across the state.
“It will include information on how to recognise the signs of domestic and family violence and how to seek support,” says Minister Fentiman
The Minister said every Queenslander has a role to play in ending domestic and family violence.
“If we are to truly tackle domestic and family violence, we need a cultural change in the way we treat women and girls,” Minister Fentiman said.
The Minister stated that respect for women is paramount in ending violence perpetrated against them. She also said that respect for women needs to start with our leaders in our communities and schools.
For more information on the new community awareness campaign or help and support options, visit the website visit: www.qld.gov.au/knowdfv.