Author: 
Tiffany Tento, QCOSS
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Queensland communities are being encouraged to be part of the solution and help put an end to family violence, as part of this year’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman has called on all Queenslanders to take up the Not Now, Not Ever challenge which aims to amplify the voices of communities and community campaigners to get the message out there that “we all have a role to play in creating a Queensland free of domestic and family violence and that together we can change the culture, attitudes and systems that underpin violence in our community.”

This year the government provided more than $150,000 to 57 organisations to stage awareness raising activities throughout the state. 

During May, QCOSS is featuring two member organisations who have been funded to stage a community event and showcase what they will be doing in their local community to spread the message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated. 

Murilla Community Centre

The Murilla Community Centre in Miles is dedicated to developing and supporting the local community through awareness and response to social and human issues identified in Miles and the surrounding area. Having been active in the Miles community for more than 23 years, the Murilla Community Centre is considered a cornerstone of the district.

The centre plays an integral role in supporting and boosting the community through the provision and facilitation of services and programs such as Rural Family Support, Emergency Relief, Respite Services, Family Day Care, Long Day Care and Kindergarten, the Den Youth Group, Mile’s Men Shed, Conversations in English, No Interest Loan Scheme, Broadband for Seniors and Community Bus Services.

The centre received $3,000 from the Queensland Government to assist in staging a rural women’s wellness day. Centre Manager Cecily Brockhurst said while the day was about pampering women there was also a serious side to the day. She said the event would also enable women to be better informed about matters such as mental health and domestic violence, with a number of service providers in attendance on the day.

Read more about the Murilla Community Centre’s Women’s Wellness Day

Communify Qld

Communify Qld provides services to support people to live independently in the community. Services include English conversation groups, mental health programs, aged and disability services, home assist secure, community transport, neighbourhood centres, food relief pantry, no interest loans, housing and homelessness services, childcare and intensive family support service, community education programs and venues for hire.

Communify Qld received $3,000 to produce and promote community education YouTube videos in six languages, including Russian, Mandarin, Amharic, Tigrinya, Farsi and Bengali, all with English subtitles. Six bilingual presenters were recruited to be filmed as they presented information about what is considered to be domestic violence and what services exist in line with the Queensland Government’s Not Now Not Ever campaign and messages. The project also involves promoting the use of the videos throughout CALD communities and community service, family support, domestic violence service and multicultural service sectors.

Multicultural Programs coordinator Mandy said Communify Qld hoped the project would bring greater awareness about support and services available to CALD families who are experiencing domestic violence. “We hope that the stigma surrounding domestic violence in many communities can be overcome and people who are suffering in silence can be encouraged to speak up and seek support and services.”

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The remaining YouTube clips in Russian, Amharic, and Tigrinya will be available next week. For more information and links to the additional clips, visit the Communify website.

More information about Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month

Read more about Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month.

More information about the Queensland Government’s new domestic violence campaign is available here.

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