May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, and Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council is calling on the community to show their support for those affected by domestic and family violence.
Many support groups anticipate an increase in the incidents of domestic and family violence during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a result of increased financial pressures, self-isolation, and perpetrators of violence being with their partners and other family members for extended periods of time.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no community events will take place this year, however the community can still pay tribute to those who have lost their lives as a result of domestic and family violence.
Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council CEO Naseem Chetty encourages everyone to pay their respects on National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day on Wednesday (May 6) by lighting a candle at home or participating in a virtual vigil.
“This is something we must all take a stand against,” says CEO Chetty.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is just as important to pause and remember all of those brave individuals affected by domestic and family violence – and particularly, those who are no longer with us as a result of abuse.”
This is an opportunity for residents of Mapoon Aboriginal Shire to unite and send a clear message that domestic and family violence will not be tolerated in our community.
In April, the Queensland Government announced a $5.5 million boost to domestic violence services during the COVID-19 pandemic including an increase in funding to crisis hotlines and accommodation.
The Queensland Police Service has also introduced an online contact option for victims in a situation where it is unsafe for them to call police about domestic and family violence: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/domestic-violence
To participate in a virtual vigil on May 6 visit https://qdvsn.com/event/candle-lighting-vigil/
The Queensland Government also has online resources at https://www.qld.gov.au/community/getting-support-health-social-issue/support-victims-abuse/domestic-family-violence
For help please call:
In an emergency call the police on Triple Zero (000).
DVConnect Womensline – 1800 811 811
DVConnect Mensline – 1800 600 636
1800RESPECT – 1800 737 732