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Springfield gathers to raise awareness for domestic and family violence

Guy Hazlewood    May 27, 2024    2 min read   

Springfield residents gathered at Brighton Homes Arena on May 9, to remember and support those who have been affected by domestic and family violence.

Each May, Queensland holds Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, an initiative aimed at raising awareness about domestic and family violence, including coercive control.

The month-long initiative aims to highlight the support services available to those affected by domestic and family violence and to send a clear message that violence will not be tolerated in Queensland communities.

Rotary Club of Springfield with Jordan MP Charis Mullen and Logan Division 11 Councillor Natalie Willcocks. Source: Charis Mullen

This year’s theme, “It’s in our control to end coercive control,” emphasises the community’s collective responsibility to tackle and prevent such abuse.

Jordan MP and host of the night, Charis Mullen, highlighted the importance of this annual campaign and stressed the need for awareness and action.

“Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is a crucial time for us to come together as a community to recognise the serious impact of domestic and family violence,” Charis Mullen said.

“Our theme this year, ‘It’s in our control to end coercive control,’ underscores the role we all play in identifying and stopping these insidious behaviours.”

Jordan MP Charis Mullen and Logan Division 9 Councillor Natalie Willcocks with Queensland Police officers. Source: Charis Mullen
Charis Mullen MP addressing the crowd. Source: Charis Mullen

Charis noted the significance of community involvement in driving change.

“Raising awareness is just the first step. We need to ensure that people know about the support services available to them and feel empowered to seek help,” she stated.

“Violence in any form is unacceptable, and together, we can create a safer environment for everyone.”

Events and activities throughout May will focus on educating the public about coercive control, a form of domestic abuse that involves manipulation, intimidation, and isolation, often without physical violence.

These efforts are designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and tools to recognise the signs of coercive control and take action to support those affected.

Charis also emphasised that community support and legislative measures are both critical in the fight against domestic violence.

“We are committed to strengthening our laws and providing the necessary resources to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable,” she said.

“But beyond that, we need every Queenslander to be vigilant and proactive in standing against domestic violence.

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Guy Hazlewood