Hervey Bay Independent : 12th November 2015
FRASER Coast Councillors took action for a safer community in a powerfully symbolic gesture by signing a pledge to be part of real change toward a better, safer community and put an end to domestic violence. Councillors promised to be stand up, speak out and act to prevent violence and show their support of community campaigns to stop violence in our communities. A strong partnership has developed between the Fraser Coast Domestic and Family Violence Alliance and the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, which has seen collaborative practice in several ways. The most prominent is the Becoming responseABLE event planned for White Ribbon Day, Wednesday, November 25. The Centre is is hosting a range of activities on the day in partnership with the Alliance and local Combined Services Clubs. The day will involve a barbecue breakfast at Bunnings from 6am, followed by activities Example set for all men to follow at the neighbourhood centre from 9am, including an interactive art installation, a look at how residents can work together to respond to domestic violence, and an afternoon sector conversation about how services can develop an integrated response to domestic violence. Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre’s Events, Marketing, Volunteers & Accountabilities manager, Angela Kelly, said the centre recognises the importance of addressing domestic and family violence in the community. “Given the current climate around domestic violence, there has never been a more critical time for the community to take action,” she said. “One of the key elements of the Not Now Not Ever report into domestic violence was the importance of an integrated response. Your attendance will make a difference, so come along and let’s work together to creating a safe community.” Fraser Coast Councillors took an oath to stand up, speak out and act to prevent family violence and show support of community campaigns to stop violence in the home ahead of White Ribbon Day, Wednesday November 25. Prevention is better WITH support being ramped up across the country for women and children experiencing family and domestic violence, the Indy took a look at the types of services available to men - victims and perpetrators. Fraser Coast Domestic and Family Violence Alliance has recognised a gap in services and identifi ed a need for more services where male victims and perpetrators can go for help. Alliance chairperson, Sharon Kirkman, said there was very little help available to men, especially men prone to violent behaviour towards their families. While Uniting Care provides the Safe Choices – a program for male perpetrators of domestic violence, Sharon said there needed to be cultural change so it became okay for men to talk about their feelings. “It is diffi cult for men to access counselling in general because they deal with things different ways and counselling is traditionally thought to be feminine,” she said. “One of the main barriers (blocking men from accessing counselling) is a lack of male counsellors. It is believed Uniting Care has two based in the Fraser Coast and the Wide Bay Sexual Assault Ass0ciation has one male counsellor. “Often when a man is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault there is often shame attached and the idea of being a man and not talking about feelings hinders them seeking help.” Sharon said a main focus of White Ribbon Day was to connect with men, women and children in the community. She said the barbecue breakfast at Hervey Bay and Maryborough Bunnings aimed to promote the message about men standing up against violence against women. She said the second part of the day involved a sector conversation where service providers get together to talk about having an integrated response and how they can combine efforts to do that practically. “We will also be identifying any gaps in services on the frontline of domestic and family violence and would love people to come along to the ResponseABLE day to provide feedback about what works and what doesn’t work so well. “It’s important to talk about domestic violence and have those conversations with family and friends.” Supporting men through tough times • Queensland’s Domestic Violence hotline; www.dvconnect.org can put people in touch with the right service in relation to their needs. • 36 Torquay Rd, Pialba Phone 4128 4122 26 | Hervey Bay Independent, November 12, 2015 beyondblue; 1300 22 4636/ www. beyondblue.org.au/resources/for-me/ men helps people cope with depression and guiding recovery provides advice and support via telephone 24/7, daily web chat (between 3pm–midnight) and email (with a response provided within 24 hours). • Relationships Australia; 1300 364 277 / www.raq.org.au offers services that include counselling, family dispute resolution (mediation) and a range of family and community support and education programs weekdays 8am-8pm and Saturdays between 10am-4pm.. • Dads in Distress; 1300 853 437/ www. dadsindistress.asn.au is available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm provides support for men going through the trauma of divorce, separation or relationship breakdown. • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732); a 24 hour, MensLine Australia; www.mensline. org.au/1300 78 99 78 is a 24/7 support line for men across the country to manage their emotions and work towards practical solutions to their problems. • national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. • Lifeline; 131 114 is a 24 hour national hotline that can put callers in contact with a crisis service in their state. • ASCA (Adults Surviving Child Abuse); 1300 657 380/ www.asca.org.au is a service for adult survivors, their friends and family and the health care professionals who support them. • Uniting Care’s Safe Choices program; 3253 4000/ http://unitingcarehealth.com. au offers help for perpetrators of domestic violence and a range of support services.
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