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State campaign against domestic violence on holidays

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By Juliano Oliveira

Queenslanders of all ages are the main targets of a state campaign against domestic and family violence on holidays.

From mid-December 2020 to the end of February 2021, the Queensland Government will run a $100,000 operation across digital and social media channels alerting victims and bystanders on where and how to seek and provide support.

Part of the program is embedded in increasing awareness and understanding of all forms of domestic and family violence, particularly non-physical forms of abuse.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said these sort of violence can escalate this time of year.

“COVID-19 has already brought on additional stress factors that may be exacerbated at Christmas time,” Ms Fentiman said. 

“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.”

Alongside the campaign, workplaces and community groups are also encouraged to address domestic and family violence in Queensland by offering supportive information.

“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.”

Ms Fentiman said Queenslanders must 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.”

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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.

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