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Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

May is Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Prevention Month. During this time, we are all reminded of the role we can play in raising awareness of DFV in our communities. By coming together, we can send an empowering message to mob by saying “no more to domestic and family violence”.  Everyone in our community can play a role in ending domestic and family violence. Whether you’re a mum, dad, kin, brothers, sisters, workmates or school mates, there are simple actions we can all take.

There are many types of DFV – physical, psychological, sexual, coercive and financial.  It is important that we are speak up to create safe homes and communities for our families.

To help promote DFV month and raise awareness, we will be sharing information on our social media platforms as well as promoting our We Say No More campaign which takes a stand against violence towards our women and families. The campaign asks community to pledge their support to say ‘We Say No More to DFV”. You can find our We Say No More campaign at www.wesaynomore.org.au.

SBS is airing a three-part, weekly series See What You Made Me Do. Which started on May 5 and looks at the current state of domestic abuse in Australia.  The series can be viewed at ‘See What You Made Me Do’ confronts our domestic abuse crisis | Guide (sbs.com.au)

Below is some confronting evidence based statistics about our community:

  • In comparison with other women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised from family violence and 10 times more likely to die as a result of being assaulted.
  • One in 6 Australian women and 1 in 16 men have been subjected, since the age of 15, to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or previous cohabiting partner (ABS 2017b).
  • In 2014–15, on average, almost 8 women and 2 men were hospitalised each day after being assaulted by their spouse or partner (AIHW 2017b).
  • From 2012–13 to 2013–14, about 1 woman a week and 1 man a month were killed as a result of violence from a current or previous partner (Bryant & Bricknell 2017).
  • Almost 1 in 4 (23%) women and 1 in 6 (16%) men have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15 (ABS 2017b).

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or family violence there is support available. You can call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au.

Additional information and support is available at:

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