Make the call over Christmas

 17 December 2014

Cleveland residents are being urged to stay safe over the festive season and make the call for help if they suspect someone they know or love is experiencing domestic or family violence.

Member for Cleveland Mark Robinson said sadly, the Christmas and New Year period was traditionally a time when violence and abuse increased. 

“While most of us are fortunate to enjoy a time celebrating with family and friends, it is a sad fact that cases of domestic and family violence actually rise over the festive season,” he said.

“There are a range of factors over Christmas that can lead to tension and conflict.

“I encourage Queenslanders to seek help if someone they know is experiencing domestic and family violence, whether it is a neighbour, colleague family member or friend.”

Dr Robinson said immediate help was available from one of the DVConnect helplines.

“Anyone can make the call to DVConnect if they are concerned about their own safety or that of a friend or loved one,” he said.

“DVConnect offers safe and confidential support, crisis intervention, counselling, refuge and practical help to people across Queensland.

“Their help lines are available seven days a week, including right through the Christmas and New Year period.”

Dr Robinson said the government was also committed to looking at how we can better respond to and prevent domestic and family violence.

“This includes establishing the Premier’s Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence,” he said.

“It’s part of our strong plan to make Queensland the safest place to live, work and raise a family.

The taskforce is due to deliver its report to the Premier by 28 February 2015.

To get help for yourself or someone you know, make the call to DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636.

For more information, visit www.qld.gov.au/makethecall